(BLOOMINGTON) – The number of confirmed cases of mumps at Indiana University’s Bloomington is confirmed at 31 as of this morning.
In March, the university declared a mumps outbreak on campus. The outbreak started in February.
At least 16 of the confirmed cases involved vaccinated students.
The school said the virus spread to dorms and off-campus housing after the first cases were traced to a fraternity then spread to dorms and off-campus housing.
The university has created a webpage to keep the community updated with information about the mumps outbreak.
Symptoms of mumps may include:
- Swelling and tenderness in front of and below one or both ears and along the jaw
- Pain along the jaw and in front of and below one or both ears
- Muscle aches
- Loss of appetite
Most people recover completely in a few weeks. People who do not have swelling may still spread the virus to others.
Mumps is spread through indirect or direct contact with an infected person’s nose or throat droplets.
- It can be spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes or shares drinks or eating utensils.
- People with mumps can spread it for up to 2 days before and five days after the start of symptoms. Anyone with mumps should stay home during that time to prevent giving the illness to others.
- Symptoms typically appear 16-18 days after infection, but this period can range from 12-25 days after infection.