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April 7, 2006
Contact: Lynn Bretz, University Relations, (785) 864-8866; or Sheryl Tirol-Goodwin, Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, (785) 843-3060.

Media availability: KU, Douglas County health officials to give mumps update

LAWRENCE — Dr. Patricia Denning, chief of staff for Student Health Services at the University of Kansas, and Kim Ens, Douglas County disease control program coordinator, will give an update at 2:30 p.m. today on mumps cases in the county.

It is important to note that mumps generally is not considered a serious illness but is highly contagious.

The media availability will be in the Crimson and Blue conference room on the second floor of Watkins Memorial Health Center.

WHO/WHAT: Dr. Patricia Denning from KU and Kim Ens from Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will give an update on the mumps outbreak.

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 7.

WHERE: Crimson and Blue conference room, second floor, Watkins Memorial Health Center, 1200 Schwegler Dr.

The student health center is on the south side of the Lawrence campus. Approach campus driving north on Naismith Drive; turn east onto Schwegler Drive (across from Allen Fieldhouse) and drive past the tennis courts. See the map at www.ku.edu/maps/maps_lawrence_c.shtml.

MEDIA PARKING: Please feed the meter if you choose to park in metered spaces marked for Watkins Health Center. You will need a KU Media Parking Permit to park in the color zone parking spaces (not metered) adjacent to the health center. For information about the permits, call (785) 864-3256.

NOTE: A TV report this morning incorrectly referred to mumps as a “dangerous illness.” Mumps generally is not considered a serious illness but it is highly contagious. Symptoms are generally fever, swelling and tenderness in one or more of the salivary glands. There is no specific treatment other than rest, drinking fluids and taking pain relievers.

University and public health officials on Thursday asked students suspected of having the mumps to isolate themselves from contact with others. E-mails on this topic were sent to students, faculty and staff, and parents. Any student, faculty or staff member experiencing symptoms of mumps should contact their health care providers or call Student Health Services at (785) 864-9507.

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