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NU mumps case count rises to five

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Health officials say they have confirmed three new cases of mumps involving Northwestern University students — bringing to five the total number of confirmed cases in an outbreak that started in mid-June.

The Daily Northwestern reports the new cases invole two students currently on campus and one who lives in a town north of Evanston.

NU's health service director Dr. John Alexander, told the Daily the newly reported cases are probably people who were exposed to the first reported case — a student who went to the end-of-year Dillo Day celebration before going to the health service with symptoms.

All the cases reported so far have involved persons who'd already been vaccinated they've suffered relatively mild symptoms. "These people haven't been really sick," Alexander said, adding that more than 95 percent of NU students have been vaccinated against mumps.

Mumps symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, loss of appetite, and swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears.

The Evanston Health Department is asking anyone with symptoms to call its Communicable Disease Section at 847-866-2962.

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