Marquette University student contracts the mumps

Six confirmed Milwaukee cases in 2017
Posted at 2:54 PM, Feb 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-14 23:26:53-05

There are six confirmed cases of the mumps at Marquette University so far this year.  In 2016, Milwaukee saw 10 total cases.

"It can be spread when you're talking, coughing, sneezing.  Also, if you're sharing utensils, food, beverages with somebody that's infected," said Milwaukee Health Department Infectious Disease Epidemiologist Marisa Stanley.

Signs of the disease include fever, headache, and muscle pain.

"The tell-tale sign of mumps is swelling of the salivary glands," said Stanley.

Marquette notified students via email. The University says the six people live in the same dorm.

"Kind of scared, especially cause there's the whole flu going around too," said freshman Maria Jimenez.

"It's a little worrisome. People should probably get their vaccines," said junior Taylor Doyle.

Marquette requires student to get two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella).  The vaccine is about 85 percent effective.  While most recover, the mumps can cause serious complications. 

The Health Department says all the cases are associated with the school, but they want even those off campus to be aware since the mumps are contagious. 

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