Indiana University reporting 3rd case of mumps

IU Bloomington (photo courtesy IU Communications)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WTHR) — Indiana University is reporting a third case of mumps.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, a third case constitutes an outbreak. The first two cases were reported in February.

"Those cases were two roommates who lived off-campus. This third case is someone...we don't know if they had contact with those previous two, but also lives off-campus," IU spokesman Chuck Carney said.

The roommate and girlfriend of the student in the third case have both been contacted, Carney said.

"What we do know about the student is that the contagious period ended on March 12, so yesterday that contagious period ended," Carney explained.

Students are currently on spring break and not on campus, so the university sent out an email yesterday alerting everyone about what to look for.

"It will be in their email, so we hope they have seen that or the attention this has gotten since then," he added.

The symptoms include slight fever, tiredness, headache, pain below the ears and jaw, cough, runny nose and difficulty chewing or swallowing.

"Meetings are taking place today as we determine what we need to do message wise. We are taking all other actions," Carney concluded.

The university has determined the student in this case and the other two all have received an MMR vaccine.

A student is required by the State of Indiana to show proof of immunization at the start of the second semester.

Mumps facts:

  • Mumps are spread through direct or indirect contact.
  • Anyone who has not had two doses of mumps vaccine is at risk.
  • Since mumps are caused by a virus antibiotics cannot cure or treat them therefore treatment is geared toward alleviating it's symptoms.