Clemson warns residents, visitors during specific dates could have been exposed to mumps


    CLEMSON, S.C. (WLOS) — A confirmed case of mumps has been identified with connection to Clemson, the university said in a press release Tuesday.

    Anyone who resideded in or visited Clemson University between November 21 and 29 of this year might have been exposed to mumps.

    Mumps is a contagious viral infection that may result in swelling of the parotid salivary glands in the cheek and jaw area, below the ear.

    Other common symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite. Symptoms usually appear about 16-18 days after infection, but the time of appearance can range from 12-25 days after infection.

    Some people who contract mumps have very mild or no symptoms, and often do not know that they have the disease.

    Most people with mumps recover complete in a few weeks; however, mumps can occasionally cause complications, especially in adults. Complications include deafness and inflammation of the testicles, brain, the tissue covering the brain, and breasts.

    Mumps is spread through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat. An infected person can spread the virus buy coughing; sneezing; talking; kissing; sharing items such as drinks, cigarettes or eating utensils; and by touching surfaces or objects with unwashed hands that are then touched by others.

    People with mumps can spread it for two to three days before the salivary glands begin to swell, and five days after the swelling begins.

    Any students who develop parotid swelling should notify their health care provider and the Redfern Health Center at 864-656-3571.

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