September 28, 2006
Two new cases were reported to health care officials today bringing the total number of cases reported to three. While mumps is usually not fatal, it is extremely contagious.
"This is more than the number of cases that is usually reported but there are always some cases of mumps reported every year," said Dr. Charlottesville City Health Director Lilian Peake.
Doctor Lilian Peake and Charlottesville City health care officials are trying to figure out what is causing a small outbreak of the mumps. Two cases were reported today, including one third-year UVa student. These new cases combined with a case reported on Friday have doctors keeping a watchful eye.
"We've communicated with doctors. We have sent them information about mumps and we have asked them to alert us of any cases they see," said Peake.
Two of the three cases have been located on grounds so the Health Department is working hand-in-hand with the University of Virginia to ensure everyone is vaccinated. The Elson Health Center is providing free vaccinations for those students who may have had close contact with the infected students. The goals is to make sure everyone is safe.
"We are working with the University to ensure that they are plenty of opportunities for everyone that is not vaccinated at this point to get vaccinated," said Peake.
A case of the mumps has flu like symptoms including fever, swollen glands, headache and muscle aches. If you or anyone you know has those type of symptoms, you are urged to call a mumps hotline at 434-924-1525.