OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Archdiocese of Omaha says they have a confirmed case of the mumps at the John Paul II Newman Center which offers apartment-style housing and common spaces for students.
They say 131 students, who attend higher education institutions around Omaha, call the center home and that they are taking precautions to minimize spreading the illness.
"The safety and health of our residents and all students from the colleges and universities we serve is of the utmost importance," said Father Dan Andrews, pastor of the the St. John Paul II Newman Center. "We are focused on ensuring that we increase awareness of the risks of the mumps and reduce the risk of contracting the virus."
They say vaccines prevent most but not all cases of the mumps and are advising people to practice good hygiene, limit physical contact and cover coughs and sneezes.
The Archdiocese has made the educational institutions associated with the center aware of the incident.