Case of mumps at K-State


A student case of the mumps has been discovered, according to K-State News and Communications Services.

Those who have been in close contact with the student are being notified, according to the the university’s press release.

Vaccinations for mumps began in 1967, though occasional outbreaks can occur from year to year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Kansas State University is taking all precautions to protect our students, faculty and staff,” Jim Parker, director of Lafene Health Center said in the release. “We encourage all K-Staters to check their vaccination records with their primary care provider. If they have any concerns about possible symptoms, they should contact Lafene or their primary care provider.”

Symptoms can include headache, tiredness, fever, muscle aches and swollen, tender salivary glands under the ears, according to the CDC. It can be spread by coughing and sneezing.

Lafene will have a measles-mumps-rubella vaccination clinic for K-State faculty, staff and students 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1. The university recommends students displaying symptoms of the virus to call Lafene at 785-532-6544.