Mumps Hits San Diego State

San Diego State University confirmed Thursday that one of its students has contracted mumps, a highly contagious viral infection that affects the salivary glands. 

SDSU’s announcement comes amid an outbreak in the San Diego County region. As County News noted last month, mumps cases in San Diego have hit a 25-year high. Los Angeles County, Orange County, and Baja, California have also seen an uptick in cases.

Mumps can be prevented through the mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccine, which is typically given at 12 months of age.

Those who develop mumps my experience swelling of the cheeks or jaw, headache, fever, fatigue, and weight loss.