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Several Students Diagnosed With Mumps at University of New Hampshire

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Several students at the University of New Hampshire have been diagnosed with mumps, according to school officials.

Officials at the Durham campus said within the last two weeks, there have been six confirmed or probable mumps infections.

"At this time, these cases are limited to individuals who have had close contact with one another. We are working closely with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, to prevent further spread of this virus to others," read a statement from the University of New Hampshire.

Mumps is a contagious disease that is caused by a virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms start with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite before the swelling of the salivary glands.

Health officials are recommending that individuals who have had, or are likely to have, close contact with someone with mumps, to receive a third dose of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination.

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