Six Reported Cases of Mumps at Marquette University

City of Milwaukee Health Department has received one additional report of a confirmed case of mumps infection in a student at Marquette University, bringing the total number of cases reported in the city to 6 in 2017.

The MHD continues to work closely with Marquette University to initiate appropriate follow-up communication with close contacts of each case.

Mumps is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the mumps virus. It is spread by airborne droplets and contact with saliva or mucus from infected persons. Mumps can be transmitted through coughing and sneezing as well as sharing food, beverages or eating utensils with infected individuals. Symptoms of mumps include fever, body aches, headaches, and swelling of the salivary glands near the ears and jaw.

Vaccination with two doses of Mumps-Measles-Rubella (MMR) vaccine is the best way to prevent mumps infection. Public health officials advise individuals to be aware of their vaccination status, and seek advice from a health care provider if your vaccinations are not up to date.

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