The Riley County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) along with healthcare professionals in Manhattan and at Kansas State University (KSU) are investigating a mumps outbreak associated with the University's Manhattan campus. Currently, three cases have been identified and onsets of illness range from late January to mid-February. Information is subject to change as investigations continue. Mumps is a contagious disease caused by the mumps virus, a member of the Paramyxoviridae family. Symptoms of illness include: fever and swelling of the parotid gland/s (parotitis), myalgia, malaise, loss of appetite and headache. Anyone who suspects they have mumps should contact their health care provider immediately and stay home from work, school and any social activities. KSU students, faculty or staff who are concerned they have mumps should call the Lafene Health Center at 785-532-6544. The most effective way to reduce risk of contracting mumps is by being vaccinated with the MMR vaccine. For more information about mumps visit https://www.cdc.gov/mumps/
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