Mumps virus confirmed on K-State campus

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In this photo illustration, vials of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine are displayed on a counter at a Walgreens Pharmacy on January 26, 2015 in Mill Valley, California. (Photo by Illustration Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State University confirmed Friday that one of its students has a case of the mumps.

The university says it is directly notifying anyone who may have been in close contact with the student.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms for the mumps include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite and swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides. It is spread from respiratory droplets, which are transmitted by sneezing and coughing.

“Kansas State University is taking all precautions to protect our students, faculty and staff,” said Jim Parker, director of the university’s Lafene Health Center said in a news release. “We encourage all K-Staters to check their vaccination records with their primary care provider. If they have any concerns about possible symptoms, they should contact Lafene or their primary care provider.”

Lafene Health Center is working with the Riley County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to provide information to the Manhattan campus and surrounding community about the symptoms of mumps, how it is transmitted and how to prevent the spread of this infection.

Lafene Health Center will have a walk-in measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccination clinic for Kansas State University students, faculty and staff from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1.

Students with symptoms — even if they have received a MMR vaccine — should immediately call Lafene Health Center at 785-532-6544 and ask for a nurse before they visit the health center. Read a PDF of Lafene Health Center’s FAQ on mumps. Family members can read more information about the university’s health services