A case of mumps on the UWM campus was confirmed by the Norris Health Center Wednesday. Mumps, a highly contagious disease, can take up to two weeks before symptoms show. In 2014, there were two confirmed cases of the mumps and one other suspected case on campus.
There have been 37 reported cases of the mumps so far in 2015; most of which come from college campuses.
Dr. Julie Bonner of the Norris Health Center told WISN 12, “We just want to make sure (students) are very well educated about the mumps.”
A lot of the symptoms of the mumps are similar to those of the common flu such as dehydration and vomiting, but often times there will be swelling in the glands. A mass email warned students to make sure they are up to-date on their vaccines for mumps and other important vaccines.
Students can get a free vaccination on Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Alumni Fireside Lounge. Norris Health Center also recommends students to wash their hands often, stay home if they’re sick and also watch for symptoms even if vaccinated.