According to KATC, The Office of Public Health and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has confirmed that a student has been diagnosed with mumps. After several cases at LSU with students being diagnosed with the disease, it has now hit Lafayette. UL Lafayette will be monitoring the situation to make sure the health and safety of the students. The University along with the Office of Public Health will provide updates as needed.

Students need to check their immunization records to confirm they have been vaccinated. According to health experts, vaccination is the best way to prevent the disease, which should include two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Call your private health care provider to schedule an appointment for the vaccine.  The Office of Student Health Services at UL will have vaccines available for anyone who needs them on Tuesday, February 18th.  Call Student Health Services to schedule an appointment at 337-482-1328.

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Mumps is a contagious disease that is caused by a virus. Mumps can be transmitted through direct contact with saliva or respiratory droplets of anyone infected.  If you are infected with Mumps, you will usually start with symptoms similar to the flu such as a fever, headache, muscle aches, and loss of appetite. Eventually, most people will begin to see swelling in their salivary glands. If you suspect you have Mumps and are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should get medical help immediately and stay isolated from everyone.