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UW-Eau Claire on the lookout for mumps cases

Eau Claire (WQOW) - The recent outbreak of mumps on the UW-La Crosse and Madison campuses has health officials at UW-Eau Claire on alert.

So far no sign of mumps has been found on campus but student health services is ready to deal with any cases that come up.  They say whenever any illness breaks out they watch for students that show symptoms.

"You're just more aware when you hear there's something going on," said Laura Chellman Director of Student Health Services. "Whether it's measles, or mumps, or meningitis, we know the signs and symptoms of all of those so we're always alert of what can happen in this population, but just extra alert when there's something that's been identified as going around."

Health services says anyone who doesn't have the mumps vaccine should consider getting it. The vaccine is 80 to 90 percent effective in preventing the disease.

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