UTRGV officials confirm one case of mumps virus at Edinburg campus


School officials at the University of Texas- Río Grande Valley have confirmed one case of mumps at their Edinburg campus.

On Tuesday, school officials confirmed one case of the virus and said a second case is pending confirmation after a second student presented with symptoms on Monday.

Hidalgo County’s Health Services director Eddie Olivarez tells CBS 4 that although they’ve confirmed one case of the mumps, he is concerned about people that haven’t gotten the vaccine such as students and staff from other states or other countries.

According to a statement released by UTRGV, the student diagnosed with mumps is at home recovering and a second student is awaiting results after being tested for the virus.

“We’re doing a full scale investigation to see if there’s any other contact with any other student and any other student that may be involved that might be potentially infected,” Olivarez said.

According to school officials, the student that was diagnosed with mumps went to the Student Health Services Center and tested positive for the virus on Thursday, March 28.

Hidalgo County health officials say the mumps affect the lymph nodes and groin area and could lead to organ damage if not treated.

Local health officials recommend students and staff at UTRGV get vaccinated.

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