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Butler University Confirms Three Students Have Mumps
Updated February 13, 2016 9:33 PM | Filed under: Health
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Butler University sent a message to students and parents Friday evening after three students came down with mumps.

According to Butler, reports of three possible mumps cases came in on Thursday, and the school got verification that the tests came back positive for mumps Friday evening.

Two of the students diagnosed with mumps lived in dorms, and one student lived in a sorority.

The three students left campus, and they are being treated at home.

Symptoms for mumps include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite and swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mumps is spread from direct and indirect contact with an infected person's respiratory droplets, which can be transmitted through sneezing and coughing. People with mumps can spread the illness for up to two days before and five days after symptoms appear.

A virus causes the mumps, meaning antibiotics are ineffective. Treatment focuses on alleviating symptoms; recommendations include bed rest, a soft diet and a pain reliever for body aches.

Symptoms typically appear 16 to 18 days after infection but can range from 12 to 25. In most cases, those infected with mumps will experience a mild illness and some may not have any symptoms at all. Rarely--in about 1 to 3 percent of cases--patients will have complications or more serious issues.

Indiana University also confirmed two cases of mumps this week.

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