LSU confirms twelve student cases of mumps

The Student Health Center at LSU has now confirmed twelve student cases of mumps. The mumps outbreak was first announced on Feb. 4 after the first case was reported, and the number of cases has risen from five on Feb. 5, to twelve on Feb. 12.

Mumps is a contagious airborne virus and is usually spread by an infected person coughing or sneezing and releasing contaminated saliva, which can be breathed in by another person. Most people fully recover from mumps within two weeks.

Having two doses of the MMR vaccine, which prevents mumps, is currently required by LSU in order to attend the university. However, the vaccine is not full proof in protecting a person from the mumps, as all twelve of the students diagnosed had received the required doses.

The Student Health Center is offering the MMR vaccine for students at the Injection Clinic, for a price of $96.03. The Injection Clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

The Student Health Center also identified certain high-risk groups of students, including LSU tennis team members, Tiger Band members, and any members of a fraternity or sorority. These students along with students who haven't received both doses of the vaccine and students who have received the two doses but have had direct contact with someone currently diagnosed with mumps can receive the vaccine free of charge at the Student Health Center.

Certain faculty groups including employees who have had direct contact with someone currently diagnosed with mumps, LSUPD officers who come into direct contact with ill students while on emergency calls, and campus healthcare professionals who are responsible for direct patient care, can also receive the vaccine free of charge.