UK confirms three mumps cases after symptoms reported

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Doctors at the University of Kentucky say they’ve confirmed three cases of mumps days after symptoms started showing.

UK held a press conference Saturday afternoon in order to field questions about the cases.

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Parotitis, which is characterized by swelling in the salivary glands was reported earlier in the week with about 15 cases showing. As of Friday, the university says three cases of mumps have been confirmed.

Parotitis is a common symptom of the mumps. The university had this advice for students:

“The most effective means of mumps prevention is administering two doses of the MMR vaccine.  If you have not previously been vaccinated or if you are unsure if you have received two doses of the MMR vaccine, we are recommending that you get vaccinated.  UHS is currently working to procure additional doses of MMR vaccine for administration to students who are not currently up to date.  Further communication regarding vaccine availability and administration times will be made available early next week.  Vaccination may also be available through your local pediatrician or primary care physician.”