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IU student has mumps virus

A child with mumps (AP) A child with mumps (AP)

Bloomington, April 21, 2006 - Eyewitness News has learned an Indiana University student contracted mumps.

The school is not releasing the student's name. It's the latest case of mumps following an outbreak in the Midwest, and that means anyone who had contact with the student can easily catch the illness.

Anyone born after 1957 is especially vulnerable to catching mumps. Those born during or after 1957 should check to see if they have had two MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) immunizations or have had mumps. 

If you have not been immunized with two doses of MMR and have not had mumps, it is recommended that you contact your health care practitioner for appropriate immunization. The vaccine is not 100 percent effective, so some cases might occur in people who have been vaccinated. The effectiveness of the MMR vaccine is 80 percent after one dose and 90 percent after the second dose.

Mumps is a viral infection that primarily affects the parotid glands below and in front of the ears. It can cause swelling in one or both glands, pain with chewing and swallowing. Symptoms typically appear two to three weeks after exposure, but roughly 20 percent of people infected show no symptoms. The virus spreads through coughing and sneezing. People with mumps are contagious for about a week before and two weeks after the onset of symptoms, which occurs generally two to three weeks after exposure to the virus.

All IU Bloomington students are required by Indiana law to report the dates of two MMR immunizations prior to enrollment. Many recent US cases have occurred in people who received both MMR vaccines, according to the CDC advisory. 

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