Local College Reports Case of the Mumps

By: WHSV News Staff Email
By: WHSV News Staff Email

HARRISONBURG -- Colleges across Virginia have reported cases of the mumps and now, James Madison University is affected by the illness.

Administrators say they have one confirmed case of the mumps. In Virginia, more than 45 cases of the mumps have been reported.

JMU students didn't seem to be too worried about the possible outbreak.

“On the level of my concern, its not that high. Like you said, there's only been one case, so I haven't heard that much about it. I just read an article about it and that's about it, so I'm not too concerned,” said Troy Fultz, a JMU student.

The virus is spread by close contact to an infected person. That's why college campuses are a good breeding ground for mumps.

Some of the signs for mumps include swollen salivary glands, fever and pain while chewing.

There are a few things that you can do to prevent the spread of mumps. Health workers suggest washing your hands frequently and avoid sharing drinks or eating utensils.


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