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Notice of a Confirmed Mumps Case

Three confirmed cases of contagious mumps has been identified on the Stephenville campus. The disease is spread through saliva, coughing and sneezing and the best prevention is good hygiene practices.

Students attending the same classes or work as the identified student will receive a second letter through their faculty instructor. Student Health Services is aware of the cases and available. Students who feel ill can schedule an appointment with Student Health Services by calling 254-968-9271.

The university is taking additional precautions designed to prevent the spread of the virus.

In addition to good health practices, the following steps are recommended to avoid getting the mumps:

  • Make sure you are up-to-date on two (2) doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Avoid sharing drinks, eating utensils, and cigarettes with others.
  • Wash your hands well and frequently with soap and water. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs, tables, desks, counters) regularly with soap and water or with cleaning wipes.

For more information about mumps, you may visit the Center for Disease Control website.

Mumps Quick Facts

  • Preventable by vaccine
  • Treatable by a medical professional
  • Requires a medical diagnosis
  • Lab tests or imaging often required
  • Spreads easily
  • Short-term: resolves within days to weeks

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