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UT officials: 7 cases of mumps on campus

(KEYE)

AUSTIN, Texas (KEYE) - The University of Texas University Health Services says seven cases of mumps have been diagnosed on the UT campus in the past week.

Other members of the campus community are being tested for suspected mumps infection, a contagious disease that spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

UT says items used by an infected person, such as a cup or a cellphone, can also be contaminated with the virus.

Symptoms of mumps include fever, headaches, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite and swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides.

University Health Services says symptoms typically appear 16 to 18 days after infection, but this period can range from 12 to 25 days.

UT officials say if anyone is identified as having had potential exposure to mumps, they will be notified individually by email from UHS in coordination with Austin Public Health.

Visit the Healthy Horns website for more information on what to do if you think you have mumps.

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