Three more cases of mumps reported at IU, bringing outbreak total to 6


Three more people have contracted mumps on the Indiana University campus, bringing the total to six cases reported since February.

IU Director of Media Relations Chuck Carney said the new cases were confirmed late last week.

“Right now (we’re) just continuing to monitor and work with the state and county departments of health,” Carney said in an email. “At the moment it’s not widespread throughout campus.”

An outbreak was declared at IU in March after a third student contracted mumps.

The university and health officials have offered free vaccinations to anyone who came in close contact with those who have mumps, Carney said.

Officials say the best way to prevent mumps is to be vaccinated with two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine and practice good hygiene habits like regular hand washing.

Symptoms of mumps include fever, muscle aches, headache and loss of appetite. Symptoms usually last two or more days, according to the health department.

Anyone who thinks they may have the mumps should avoid contact with others and seek care immediately.

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