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Mumps virus reaches UW-La Crosse

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The La Crosse County Health Department has confirmed one mumps case, and suspect two additional cases on the UW-La Crosse campus.

Mumps, a contagious disease, can be easily spread by an infected person by coughing, sneezing, or even talking. All it takes for an infected person to spread mumps to another person are a few droplets of mucus and saliva.

Because of the mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, mumps hasn’t been very common. The recent mumps outbreak on the UW-L campus is the first mumps case in La Crosse County in seven years.

According to one doctor, symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, and swelling of one or both sides of the face. When an outbreak occurs, the virus can spread quickly, and anyone can get it.

“You could see more complications if you get it as an adult. In terms of susceptibility, if you aren’t vaccinated, then everyone is susceptible,” Mayo Clinic Health System M.D. and Infectious Diseases specialist Ala Dababneh said.

The mumps virus isn’t deadly, and people can only catch it once in their lives. “Mumps is self-limited, so all you need to do is rest, take some aspirin, painkillers, and stay at home to prevent other people from catching the disease,” Dababneh said.

Dababneh said with the recent outbreak, people should contact their doctor to make sure they are up to date with their vaccines. Dababneh recommends people to wash their hands and contact their doctor immediately if they have any symptoms of the mumps virus.

If people have any questions or would like to learn more about the mumps virus, visit cdc.gov.

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