Terra Uhing, executive director at Three Rivers Health Department, says they are in contact with the students, trying to control the spread of the virus.
“We’re working on figuring out where they’ve been, where they’re going. We know what their plans are of the summer,” Uhing tells Nebraska Radio Network. “That’s the wonderful thing about public health and the collaboration and the networks that we have.”
She says they have contacted the local health departments where those traveling home after the semester ends are going. Midland University is ending its semester this week.
Mumps causes swelling of the glands in the face and neck, and can cause jaw and ear pain, fever, and muscle pain.
Uhing says all of the students received the mumps vaccine.
“Even if you are immunized, there could be a 20-30% rate where you can still get mumps,” Uhing says. “The good thing is that a good portion of the time, you’re going to be covered.”
The mumps virus is highly contagious and is spread by coughing, sneezing and sharing saliva. People with mumps are most contagious for the three days before and five days after their symptoms begin.