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Mumps outbreak detected at UB

Six people at the University at Buffalo may have mumps, according to state health officials on Saturday.

The six students have either probable or suspected cases of the disease, which can cause headaches, swelling in glands and fever, according to a statement from the state health department.

To curb any spreading of the illness, those connected with UB should let their doctors know if they show signs of mumps, the state health department stated in a release to the media.

Erie County’s health department and UB are collaborating with the state on the situation, the state health department stated.

UB has alerted the campus community to the situation and is looking over records to see which students might not be immunized against mumps, the state health department stated.

Of the six students affected, two have probable cases, while four others have cases that are suspected, according to the state health department.

Some who have the illness do not experience swelling in their saliva glands, according to the state health department.

Mumps usually takes 16 to 18 days to develop in an exposed person, according to the state.

People should check their vaccination records to see if they need the mumps vaccine, according to the state health department.

Health professionals are being requested to report any suspected mumps to the health department.

UB is on recess from March 12 to the 21st, the state health department stated.