A mumps incident was confirmed at a resident of St. John Paul II's Newman Center near the University of Nebraska on an Omaha campus, Omaha officials said Friday.
The center is home to 131 students from several colleges and universities in Omaha. Center staff work with Douglas County health officials to minimize the potential spread of the viral disease and contact the colleges and universities where its residents visit, including the UN.
On Friday, UN officials notify their students, staff and faculty by email. They directed those with questions or concerns to the Nebraska-UN Health Center and to additional information provided by the county health department.
Dr. Tom Safranek, a Nebraska state epidemiologist, said a resident of downtown Newman attended a wedding in northeast Nebraska, where one of the two recent outbreaks of the disease occurred.
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Twenty-nine cases of mumps are now associated with this outbreak, including the original one.
Safranek stated that health officials expected additional cases to stumble, given that those carrying the virus were contagious three days before and five days after the onset of symptoms.
A separate cluster was confirmed earlier in the workplace in the jurisdiction of Four Corners Health Department, west of Lincoln.
Mumble is a highly contagious disease that is spread by coughing, sneezing, and saliva sharing. , There were 12 reported cases in Nebraska in 2018, according to the Department of Health.
Symptoms include swelling of the glands in the face and neck, as well as ear pain, jaw pain, testicular pain, fever, fatigue, and muscle pain. Pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are at increased risk of complications from the virus
People with symptoms should avoid social activities and contact a doctor. Those who have had mumps are likely to be immunized with the virus. Those who are vaccinated are less likely to become infected, but it is possible. Tips for preventing mumps include:
- Do not share drinking glasses, dishes, water bottles or other saliva items on them.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces.