iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBIA, Mo.) — The mumps outbreak at the University of Missouri is growing. University officials say there are now 31 cases and 27 other students who are showing symptoms, ABC News affiliate KMIZ-TV reports. This is an increase from 17 cases reported just last week.
According to the University of Missouri Student Center, they are “working with local and state public health officials to identify other possible cases” to stop more from occurring.
“Although some people with mumps experience mild or no symptoms at all, the most common indication of the disease is swelling under the angle of the jaw as a result of swollen salivary glands,” said Michael Cooperstock, medical director of University of Missouri Health Care’s Infection Control Department. “Other typical symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite. Symptoms usually appear two to three weeks after infection and can last up to two weeks until complete recovery.”
The mumps is typically spread through coughing and sneezing.
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