Four cases of mumps confirmed at Texas State, no others reported

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Texas State University confirmed two people who were suspected of having mumps did actually have the virus. That brings the total to four people, and the school says all have recovered.

The school sent out an email May 8 about two confirmed cases and two suspected cases. Three of the people who got sick are close friends and roommates, Texas State University said. Hays County says it hasn’t found a link between those three and the fourth person.

Mumps is transmitted through coughing, sneezing, kissing, sharing drinks or touching contaminated surfaces. Symptoms such as swollen or tender salivary glands or testicles, a low fever, tiredness and muscle aches can present themselves 16 to 18 days after exposure, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The best way to prevent getting sick is getting vaccinated, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands and not sharing food or drink, the state says. One of the Texas State students was not vaccinated, the university’s health center director says. 

Texas State says it has not had any new cases since the four were sick. Hays County tested three people for suspicious symptoms, but all came back negative.

Last summer, the University of Texas at Austin had a mumps outbreak that affected seven students. Mumps cases in Texas reached a 20-year high in 2017. 

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