Nine Butler students have mumps, university says

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 19, 2016) — Butler University confirmed that nine students have the mumps.

The university had previously confirmed three cases of mumps last week. IUPUI and Indiana University also have confirmed cases.

According to the university, faculty and staff are getting booster shots in an effort to combat the mumps. Most students are vaccinated and must provide immunization records before attending school. However, that’s not necessarily the case for faculty and staff, necessitating the booster shots.

A virus causes the mumps, meaning antibiotics are ineffective. Treatment focuses on alleviating symptoms; recommendations include bed rest, a soft diet and a pain reliever for body aches.

Symptoms typically appear 16 to 18 days after infection but can range from 12 to 25. In most cases, those infected with mumps will experience a mild illness and some may not have any symptoms at all. Rarely—in about 1 to 3 percent of cases—patients will have complications or more serious issues.

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