WINNIPEG – A number of students at the University of Manitoba have been diagnosed with mumps.
On Wednesday, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) sent out a notice to students, explaining how the illness is spread, what the signs and symptoms of the mumps are, and what you should do if you think you may have it.
The disease is spread by direct contact with the saliva of an infected person through coughing, sneezing, sharing drinks or kissing, according to the WRHA. It also could take up to 25 days after your last exposure before you develop symptoms.
The release on the University of Manitoba’s website says students who have not been vaccinated should consider getting the immunization at this time.
What are the signs and symptoms of mumps?
– Swollen and tender glands at the jaw line on one or both sides of the face.
– Headache and muscle aches.
For more information on what to do if you have the mumps, head to the WRHA website.