New mumps cases confirmed at Indiana universities as Government Center campus sees case
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Mar. 11, 2016)– State employees at the Government Center campus in downtown Indianapolis are being asked to keep an eye on how they’re feeling after a worker at the facility got the mumps. New cases were also confirmed Friday at several Indiana universities.
Several universities in Indiana are dealing with mumps outbreaks. The latest counts put Indiana University at 12 confirmed cases and Butler University at 21. IUPUI now has three confirmed cases.
The Government Center campus houses many offices for state agencies like the BMV, DNR, and State Police.
State health officials sent out an email to employees confirming the case. They are not releasing who the patient is or which parts of the campus they used. However, a spokeswoman with ISDH said the risk of exposure is low.
Mumps is a viral infection in the salivary glands that causes puffy cheeks, a swollen jaw, and other flu like symptoms. If someone was exposed to the Government Center patient, it would have happened on Monday, March 7.
If you are infected, health officials believe you won’t see symptoms until at least next weekend: March 19-April 1.
“Usually starts with a cough, cold, maybe fever, body aches and then they’ll start to feel swelling,” Dr. Andrew Stevens with IU Health. “The most contagious period is two days before the swelling appears and about five to seven days afterwards.”
Anyone who is suspected of having mumps should stay home from work for five days after the swelling begins.
We’re told some employees are already taking precautions by getting booster shots of the mumps vaccine or canceling plans that involved being close to children or pregnant women.
If you’re not sure if you’re at risk of getting mumps, talk to your doctor about your vaccination records. Vaccination of two doses of the MMR vaccine can prevent this illness. If you were born before 1957, you may be immune to the disease.