Two Indiana Colleges Face Possible Mumps Virus Exposure (VIDEO)

By Rachelle Spence - 21Alive

February 12, 2014 Updated Feb 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (21Alive) -- The Vigo County Health Department confirms a student at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute has been diagnosed with the mumps virus.

According to the department, at least six students from Indiana State University, who were in close contact with the original student, also have a chance of being infected.

Doctor Theresa Gutierrez, with Fort Wayne Pediatrics, says mumps starts with flu-like symptoms, including fever, headaches, muscle aches, and fatigue.

"The swelling of the glands that most people associate with mumps, the big swollen side, happens a few days after those initial symptoms," she adds.

The measles, mumps, and rubella, or MMR vaccine, is given to most children twice. Once between 4-6 years of age and again as a pre-teen.

Even then, there are still risks.

Gutierrez says, "This could be a travel incident [or] some studies show that there is a waning immunity or the vaccine gets less effective as we get older."

Mumps is spread by coughing, sneezing, and close contact.

School officials say they've sent notifications to all students and faculty.

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