TERRE HAUTE, Indiana — Two Indiana colleges have warned their students and employees about possible exposure to the mumps, after a handful of confirmed or suspected cases of the disease were reported.
A student at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute has a confirmed case of the mumps and at least six other people are probably infected with the disease, according to the Vigo County Health Department.
Some Indiana State University students attended a Jan. 24 party with the Rose-Hulman student who became ill, health department administrator Joni Wise told the Tribune-Star (http://bit.ly/NBJq87 ).
"Everyone in the situation so far has been linked together," Wise said.
Officials at Indiana State, which has about 12,000 students at its Terre Haute campus, and Rose-Hulman, a private engineering school of about 2,000 students, have sent out information about the illness.
"We've made sure students, faculty and staff are aware and we've notified them about what to watch for," Indiana State spokesman Dave Taylor said.
Mary Barr, a Rose-Hulman spokeswoman, said the school's health services office has been monitoring the situation and reviewing records to ensure students are fully immunized.
Wise said most people have received mumps immunizations, but the shots don't prevent all cases and there has been a resurgence of cases recently in the Midwest.
Mumps is spread by coughing and sneezing. Common symptoms are fever, headache and swollen glands. Most cases are in children and teens. It is a mild disease but sometimes can lead to complications such as hearing loss, meningitis and swollen testicles that — in rare cases — can lead to sterility.
Information from: Tribune-Star, http://www.tribstar.com