Student confirmed with mumps

Published 10:52 am Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Piedmont Health District recently confirmed a single case of mumps from a Longwood University student who lives off campus.

According to a release from Longwood Associate Vice President of Communications Matthew McWilliams, the mumps virus can cause swelling in the salivary glands, fever, headache and muscle aches.

“Typically, patients with mumps have swelling in their cheeks near their ear and back of the jaw,” the release cited. “The virus is spread by coughing, sneezing, or direct contact with saliva from an infected person. Symptoms usually appear 16 to 18 days after exposure.

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