University alerts campus after student diagnosed with mumps

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University alerts students of campus mumps outbreak. (Source: TCU)

By Kylie Walker

A student living on TCU’s campus has been diagnosed with mumps, according to a university official.

Jane Torgerson, director of TCU Health Services, notified students of the confirmed case Thursday afternoon.

Mumps is a highly contagious disease spread through coughing and sneezing. While most people get vaccinated for it, “a small percentage of vaccinated individuals may still become infected,” Torgerson writes.

According to the statement, no other student has been diagnosed with mumps at this time. And TCU is working with Tarrant County Public Health to “identify and contact other students who may have been exposed.”

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mumps symptoms include: fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, followed by swollen salivary glands. Students who have questions or believe they are affected should contact the TCU Health Center at 817-257-7940.

Check out the full statement here:

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