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UNL student tests positive for mumps, another case likely

Posted at 4:04 PM, Sep 18, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) officials announced Wednesday that one student has tested positive for mumps and another case is likely.

Both students live off-campus, UNL says, and each patient has been isolated in order to minimize any potential for further spread of the illness.

Additionally, the campus community is urged to practice preventative measures including:

  • Good hand hygiene
  • Covering coughs and sneezes
  • Limiting physical contact, such as handshakes or hugs
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Staying at home if you are sick

The MMR vaccine series is a requirement for admitted UNL students. This vaccine prevents most--but not all--cases of mumps, and if you've already had mumps once, you are usually immune.

Mumps symptoms include tender swollen glands below the ear or along the jawline on one or both sides of the face and neck, headache, fever and cold-like symptoms.

More information from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department is available online.

UNL students experiencing mumps symptoms should call (402) 472-5000.

For general questions, contact the Lancaster County Health Department at 402-441-8053.