Tarrant County Public Health officials are trying to identify any Texas Christian University students who may have been exposed to the mumps after the confirmation of a case within the TCU community.
The infected person is currently a student at TCU, said Elizabeth Tolentino, a Tarrant County Public Health spokeswoman.
No other cases have been reported. However, symptoms can take as long as 25 days to develop after exposure and infected people without symptoms are still able to transmit the virus, according to a news release from Tarrant County Public Health. It is unclear whether faculty and staff are also in danger of exposure.
Anyone receiving a mumps diagnosis or who suspects they are infected should stay home for five days after they see swelling or feel tenderness of the salivary glands on either side of their face, also called parotitis.
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Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus and is transmitted from an infected person through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms include swollen or tender salivary glands, swollen or tender testicles, also known as orchitis, low-grade fever, fatigue, and myalgia, or muscle aches. Many people do not have symptoms, the release said.
Health officials stated that a case of the mumps should not cause problems on the TCU campus due to the high vaccination rate of the school community. But those officials recommend that anyone with any questions or concerns contact the TCU Health Center at 817-257-7940.
More information about mumps can be found on the Tarrant County Public Health Department website.