Vigo Co. Almost in the Clear Following Mumps Scare

By Kellie Bartoli

Published 02/19 2014 04:45PM

Updated 02/19 2014 06:18PM

Good news on the mumps front in Vigo County - the Health Department says no new or suspected case have been reported, and we're almost in the clear.

Last Tuesday, a case of mumps was confirmed in a Rose-Hulman student.

Officials were concerned how the highly-contagious disease might spread.

In the past week, the department vaccinated Rose-Hulman students and staff, and they're continuing the active surveillance.

"Making sure that we are communicating with the suspected cases and the confirmed case, as well as communicating with the people they have been in contact with as well as the doctors in the health care community," said Christina Keller of the Vigo County Health Department.

They've also been in close contact with local physicians, and say reporting your symptoms to a doctor is very important.

"Say for example if you have a person presenting symptoms at Union Hospital and you may have a person presenting symptoms at Regional, it's hard for them to communicate. So you need someone who is HIPPA-exempt and in a centralized location to put those two cases together. And that place is us," said Keller.

Remember, symptoms of the mumps often seem very flu-like, with one major difference -- swelling of the glands and face.

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