Three Kansas State University students diagnosed with mumps
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017
MANHATTAN — Kansas State University has confirmation of three student cases of mumps since January.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is using the term outbreak to describe the situation since all three cases have occurred in the Manhattan area and are within 25 days of each other. The university is directly notifying anyone who may have been in close contact with the students, all of whom live off campus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms for the mumps include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides. It is spread from respiratory droplets, which are transmitted by sneezing and coughing.
Students with symptoms — even if they have received two measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccinations — should call Lafene Health Center during regular hours at 785-532-6544 and ask for a nurse before they visit the health center.
The university's Lafene Health Center is working with the Riley County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to provide information to the Manhattan campus and surrounding community about the symptoms of mumps, how it is transmitted and how to prevent the spread of this infection.
The university will continue to use K-State Today, social media and the K-State website as needed to inform students, faculty, staff, family members and the university community about the situation.
As always, Kansas State University's primary concern is the health and safety of the university community.