OXFORD, OH (FOX19) - Miami University said Friday that a female student on its Oxford campus reportedly has mumps, a contagious viral disease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says before routine vaccination in the United States, mumps was common in infants, children and young adults. The CDC says there is no specific treatment for it.
Campus officials say that mumps spreads from person to person through saliva or mucus, usually when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
Mumps starts with
- Muscle aches
- Loss of appetite
Officials say that after the initial symptoms, the salivary glands under the ears or jaw become swollen and tender. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the swelling can be on one or both sides of the face. Symptoms last 7 to 10 days, although serious complications are rare.
For a list of questions and answers about mumps, visit this site: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4211.pdf