A second student was diagnosed with mumps and is believed to be the potential source of last week’s on-campus diagnosis, according to a University Health Services notification.
Mumps is a highly contagious disease by which those infected usually experience fevers, body aches, and tiredness before noticing a severe swelling of their salivary glands. UHS announced the first diagnosis May 6.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mumps outbreaks rarely occur because the mumps vaccine started being heavily administered in the late 1960s.
The students are no longer contagious, according to the UHS notification. The University will work with the Austin Travis County Health and Human Services Department to notify close contacts of the second student, including students and instructors in classes with the student.