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The Wellness Center has been informed that a student who resides on the Lake Shore Campus has been diagnosed with a probable case of mumps.

February 3, 2016

Loyola Community,

The Wellness Center has been informed that a student who resides on the Lake Shore Campus has been diagnosed with a probable case of mumps. Please know that this is only a single case of mumps and is not cause for alarm. However, as a precaution, students, faculty, and staff who may have come in contact with the student during the contagious period are being notified directly of the case by the Chicago Department of Public Health. At this time, the student has left campus and returned home.

What is Mumps?
Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. Persons with mumps usually start out with non-specific symptoms such as headaches, body aches, a low-grade fever, decreased appetite, and fatigue. Usually within 48 hours of these symptoms, parotitis, swelling of the parotid gland(s), develops. This tends to cause pain in front of, and below, the ears. The swelling can occur on one side, or both sides, and often causes pain when moving the jaw, especially when chewing food. Some people with mumps infection have very little, or no, gland swelling. Symptoms tend to decrease after one week and usually resolve after 10 days.

Mumps is spread by coughing and sneezing or direct contact with the saliva of an infected person. Symptoms of mumps usually develop 16 to 18 days after infection, but may develop from 12 to 25 days after infection. A person with mumps is considered contagious for five days after the start of the gland swelling and should avoid contact with others and stay home from school/work during this time.

Have Symptoms?
If mumps infection is suspected, laboratory testing for mumps should be performed by a healthcare provider. Please contact your health care provider (faculty and staff) or the Wellness Center (students) if you develop any swelling of the glands around the ears or neck.

The Wellness Center will continue to work with the Chicago Department of Public Health to ensure that all recommendations are followed. Again, should you experience swelling of the glands around the ears or neck, or are being tested for mumps by your own physician, please contact the Wellness Center immediately.

If you have further questions about mumps, please contact the Wellness Center at 773.508.8883 or the Chicago Department of Public Health at 312.746.5911.

Thank you for your attention to this matter,

Diane Asaro, MSN, RN
Director, Wellness Center