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