Mumps Cases Confirmed at the University of Alabama
UA health officials say that seven cases of mumps have been confirmed at the University. al.com reports that four cases have been diagnosed recently for a total of seven cases of mumps since February.
Mumps is a highly contagious virus. Most cases begin with headaches, fever, fatigue, and muscle aches before progressing to the tell-tale signs of mumps: swollen salivary glands. The disease is largely preventable thanks to the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine.
The MMR vaccine is given in two doses in the childhood years, and many public health officials are now advocating for a third dose to provide extended prevention against the virus in the adult years.