RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two cases of mumps have been confirmed within the VCU community, school officials said in an email to students on Thursday.
The email said the Richmond City Health Department is investigating the two confirmed cases, as well as another suspected case.
"VCU students need to be aware of the risk of mumps in their community, take precautions to avoid mumps infection and seek out medical care if they suspect they might have mumps," Vice Provost Charles Klink said in the email.
These cases of mumps comes within weeks of mumps cases being confirmed at several Henrico schools.
Symptoms include headaches, body aches, fever and swollen and tender glands in the jaw. However, some people exposed to mumps will not show any signs, state health department officials said in March.
Most people develop symptoms 12 to 25 days after exposure.
"All members of the campus community should monitor for signs or symptoms of mumps," said Klink.
Klink told students to take the email with them if they visit the doctor.
"To prevent the spread of the virus, students with suspected mumps should self-isolate at home and avoid interaction with other people for at least five days after the onset of symptoms," he said.
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