4 students diagnosed with mumps at URI’s Kingston campus

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The University of Rhode Island issued a warning Tuesday that four students at its Kingston campus had come down with the mumps.

Ellen Reynolds, director of the school’s Health Services, said campus medical staff and the state Department of Health are monitoring the situation closely.

Health Services will notify anyone who might have been in close contact with those infected so that appropriate action can be taken, according to Reynolds.

“It’s not our intent to scare people, just keep them informed,” she said.

The mumps is a viral illness with symptoms of a fever, fatigue and swollen glands. Most people recover in just a few weeks.

The best way to prevent the mumps is to be vaccinated against it, but Reynolds says about 10 percent of people vaccinated can still contract the disease.

“I’ve been here 14 years and it hasn’t happened before,” she added. “I will tell you its not uncommon across colleges and universities.”

Health Services recommended the university continue its normal operations, including final exams, without interruption.

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