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"Numerous" unconfirmed cases of mumps at WIU's Macomb campus

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MACOMB, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

There are numerous reports of unconfirmed cases of the mumps floating around Western Illinois University's Macomb campus.

Students examined who appeared symptomatic of the mumps have been isolated for the required five-day period.

"Please do not come directly to the health center without calling. If you have mumps symptoms we need to take precautions during your visit so that we do not infect other patients using the health center," Beu Health Center Director John Smith said. 

The mumps virus spreads through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat. The disease can be transmitted through coughing, sneezing, kissing, talking, sharing items like cups or eating utensils, or touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands. 

Initial symptoms often include muscle aches, loss of appetite, discomfort, headaches, and a low-grade fever. After a few days, swelling may occur in one or both salivary glands in front of the ears. Pain or tenderness along the jaw may also be felt, as well as swelling or pain of the testicles or ovaries. 

Students who have any symptoms should isolate themselves and call the Beu Health Center on the WIU campus at (309) 298-1888. 

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