UMass Boston Reports Two Cases of Mumps
Boston isn’t rid of mumps yet.
Earlier this month, Harvard confirmed that six of its students were sick with mumps. Now, two UMass Boston students have also been confirmed ill.
Mumps’ symptoms include headache, fever, muscle aches, loss of appetite, and swollen cheeks, jaw, and salivary glands. It is usually a fairly harmless infection, though it can progress to meningitis in about 15 percent of adult cases. The infection, which is typically spread through saliva or mucus, is incredibly contagious, so anyone who has it should avoid contact with others.
UMass is urging anyone who fears he or she may be sick with the viral infection to seek medical attention.