MU sends warning to students, staff of mumps cases in Columbia

2 years 9 months 4 weeks ago Wednesday, July 22 2015 Jul 22, 2015 Wednesday, July 22, 2015 6:37:00 PM CDT July 22, 2015 in News
By: Katie Grunik, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri issued a health alert Wednesday, warning of mumps in the Columbia area. 

Scott Henderson, MD Assistant Director at the Student Health Center, sent a letter to students, staff and recent campus vistors warning of seven possible cases of mumps. 

Henderson said the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services said the individuals indentified are ages 20-23. He also said they're waiting on lab testing to confirm the cases.

Henderson advised precautions to prevent the spreading of mumps such as ensuring all vaccinations are up-to-date and frequently washing your hands. 

Most mumps cases do not lead to serious complications. The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services also said about a third of people who contract the mumps virus do not develop any symptoms.

Anyone experiencing symptoms should contact their health care professional immediately. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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