A dozen or more cases of mumps have been reported among Loyola University Maryland students over the past month, prompting officials to warn the campus community to be alert for signs of the rare virus.
Confirmed and suspected cases were found in undergraduate students of multiple class years and living both on and off Loyola's North Baltimore campus. City and state health officials are investigating possible links among the students.
University officials said they notified students and their parents of the first few cases before spring break began March 4, and in a letter sent Monday cautioned the wider campus population of the growing number of cases. Since that letter was sent, "a few more" suspected cases have been reported on top of 12 previous confirmed and suspected cases, university spokeswoman Courtney Jolley said.
Mumps cannot be treated directly, but those who are infected without complications typically recover within two weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms include swelling of the salivary gland, low-grade fever, muscle aches and testicular or ovarian inflammation and tenderness.