BREAKING: ‘Probable Case’ of Mumps Reported at Loyola

A student at Loyola has been diagnosed with a “probable case” of mumps, according to an email sent to students by Loyola’s Wellness Center on Wednesday.

The student diagnosed lives off campus, the Wellness Center said. Students, faculty and staff that may have come in contact with the student will be notified by the Chicago Department of Public Health, according to the email.

The Wellness Center said that it’s only a single case, and students shouldn’t panic.

“Please know that this is only a single case of probable mumps and is not cause for alarm,” the email said.

The first symptoms of mumps include headaches, body aches, a low fever, low appetite and fatigue, followed by swelling of the glands around the ears and neck, according to the email. Mumps can be spread by sneezing, coughing or direct contact with the saliva of someone who has it.

The mumps vaccination is required for all incoming Loyola students enrolled in seven or more credit hours, according to the Wellness Center’s website. It’s unclear how many credit hours the student was enrolled in.

Recently, mumps outbreaks have most commonly occurred on college or university campuses, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

In October, the University of Michigan reported four cases of students with mumps, according to the university’s health service. In May, there were four reported cases of mumps at Western Illinois University, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

If a student believes they have symptoms of mumps they should contact their healthcare provider or the Wellness Center for laboratory testing, the email said.  

The Wellness Center couldn’t be reached for comment at the time of publication.

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