Three cases of mumps confirmed at K-State within 21 days

Lafene Health Center at Kansas State. (File Photo by Allison Evans | The Collegian)

In a K-State Today Special Alert sent to all Kansas State students at 4:03 p.m., K-State confirmed three student cases of mumps since January. All three students were diagnosed within 21 days of each other.

According to the release, the university is notifying those who may have been “in close contact” with any of the three students. All three students live off campus.

On Jan. 26, the Collegian reported on a Jan. 25 confirmed case of mumps at K-State. Julie Gibbs, director of health promotion, had told the Collegian that an email was sent to students who may have been exposed to the student, but no more information was available at that time.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mumps is a contagious disease and symptoms start with a fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, loss of appetite and swollen salivary glands.

A measles-mumps-rubella vaccine exists to protect against mumps.

“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 release stated.

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