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More mumps cases confirmed at TCU. Here’s what you need to know

What is mumps and how does it spread?

Although vaccines have nearly eliminated this once common childhood disease in the U.S., mumps - painful swelling of glands - is still a concern throughout much of the undeveloped world, and has had several recent outbreaks stateside.
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Although vaccines have nearly eliminated this once common childhood disease in the U.S., mumps - painful swelling of glands - is still a concern throughout much of the undeveloped world, and has had several recent outbreaks stateside.

Additional cases of mumps have been confirmed at TCU by health officials who are working to trace possible contacts, assess immune status and offer immunizations for those who have not completed their vaccine series.

Tarrant County Public Health officials announced their findings Monday just days after one student was found to have the mumps.

Public health spokeswoman Elizabeth Tolentino did not give an exact number of those currently infected, saying it was under five cases.

“Mumps is a contagious disease but it is preventable by MMR (Measles, mumps and Rubella) vaccine,” said Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja. “We are supporting TCU by working with all known contacts and the university. At this time the general public is not at risk.”

Health officials are offering an additional dose of the MMR vaccine to those who have previously received the vaccine series but are at an increased risk of acquiring mumps due to recent exposure.

Mumps is spread by contact with an infected person, through coughing, sneezing or sharing items such as cups or eating utensils with others.

Health officials say mumps start with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite, followed by a swollen jaw and puffy cheeks. Most people recover in a few weeks, but mumps can be serious.

Most people receive two vaccinations for protection against the mumps.

Health officials recommend that anyone with 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.

The Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County dispenses vaccine to thousands of school aged students in an effort to stamp out common diseases and get kids ready for school.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763,@mingoramirezjr.
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