April 17, 2013
According to a letter sent to students, doctors have diagnosed one probable case of mumps within the student body at the University of Virginia.
UVa is the latest school in Virginia to report a possible case of mumps over the past few weeks. James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Richmond have also reported cases.
According Dr. James Turner, Executive Director of UVa's Student Health Department, mumps is a virus that can cause fever, headache, muscle aches, and swelling and tenderness of the glands close to the jaw. Serious complications are rare. The virus is spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes or through direct contact with the saliva of an infected person.
Symptoms usually appear about 18 days after exposure, but may appear any time within 12 to 25 days. Mumps is contagious three days before the onset of swelling of the glands close to the jaw.
In his letter to students, Dr. Turner said it is possible more cases will be diagnosed at UVa.