Mumps outbreak in UW Platteville

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Posted: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 --- 4:30 p.m.

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. -- You usually hear about the flu this time of year, but the mumps? UW Platteville is dealing with an outbreak But students say they aren't worried.

Amy Jelle and Sam Teske are 5th year history students at UW Platteville.
But recently, an outbreak of mumps on campus has them brushing up on their own medical history.

"I'm vaccinated. I actually went on to our county health site, to make sure that I was vaccinated, emailed my mom just to make sure, but yeah I'm vaccinated," said Teske.

"I'm not sure actually, I have to call my parents and ask and as of right now I have no idea," said Jelle.

But with five confirmed cases, mumps now makes Teske's list of things to look out for.

"When I think about sicknesses and diseases, I think of the flu or strep throat or staph things like that are very very easily contagious but to think about mumps? I never thought that it would spring up like this," said Teske, shaking her head.

"I'm definitely surprised because I've only heard about vaccinations, I've never really heard about any outbreak," added Jelle.

So far, there isn't much panic on campus.

"If it's five cases out of 8,000 students, I don't consider it as threatening as an epidemic proportion, But it is something to be aware of obviously working with those students to try and help them as much as we can and provide the information to our other students as far as spreading and contamination," said Paul Erickson, the Public Informations Officer for UW Platteville.

"As of right now, I don't think a lot of people are concerned. I don't think it's a campus-wide concern," said Jelle.

And now that Teske has learned her own history, she hopes to never see a repeat of this on campus.

"Just knowing that I was vaccinated, helped me ease my mind just taking the right precautions and take vitamins and try to stay as healthy as I can be, that's pretty much all you can do," said Teske.

According to the Center for Disease Control, the most common symptom of mumps are swollen glands right under the chin. But the organization also says with good care, individuals will recover within a few weeks.