Marquette University has confirmed at student who resides in a residence hall has mumps.
The university says the student is currently recovering at home and the City of Milwaukee Health Department has initiated the appropriate follow-up communication with close contacts of the case.
Per university protocol, all faculty, staff and students were notified of the confirmed case of mumps and requested to watch for symptoms and take precautions to stay healthy and help prevent the spread of illness.
Students who may have been exposed or who think they are experiencing symptoms (even if they have been vaccinated) should contact their health care provider or the Marquette University Medical Clinic – rather than visiting a clinic – to help prevent spread of the illness.
Since 2007, Marquette has required that every student receive two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine before they are allowed to register for classes. Immunization with two doses of the vaccine is the safest and most effective way to prevent up to 85 percent of mumps infections. Mumps is less contagious than measles or chickenpox, and most people with mumps recover fully.
For more information or any questions, students should contact the Marquette Medical Clinic at: (414) 288-7184.
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