Mumps persists in troubling the state as another college student, this one at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been confirmed with the disease.
A second UNL student probably has mumps based on preliminary tests, UNL and the Lancaster-Lincoln County Health Department said Wednesday. The confirmatory test results hadn’t come back in that case.
Precautions have been taken to isolate the two so the illness doesn’t spread, UNL said.
The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine series is required for UNL students. The vaccine prevents most cases of mumps.
A case of mumps had been confirmed last month in a resident of the St. John Paul II Newman Center near the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
The center is home to more than 125 students from several colleges and universities in Omaha.
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In Lincoln, the two individuals live off campus, and the cases appear to be connected, said Tim Timmons of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. Timmons declined to describe the connection.
Timmons, a registered nurse and communicable disease program supervisor, said the two Lincoln cases are probably tied to a mumps outbreak last month in northeast Nebraska.
Mumps is spread through coughing, sneezing, sharing cups and other saliva transmission.
“You can have complications,” Timmons said, such as inflammation of the brain, inflamed testicles or ovaries, and temporary or permanent deafness, he said.
More typical symptoms are swollen glands in the face and neck, headache, earache, jaw pain, fever, fatigue, muscle aches and cold-like illness.
Timmons said it’s likely that more cases will be reported.
Dr. Tom Safranek, Nebraska’s state epidemiologist, said last month that two recent outbreaks of the illness had occurred.
A separate cluster was confirmed earlier in the jurisdiction of the Four Corners Health Department, which is west of Lincoln. About 40 cases were linked to one outbreak. In 2018, Nebraska had 12 reported cases, according to the State Health Department.
Those with symptoms should avoid public activities and contact a doctor. To prevent spreading or avoid getting mumps, get vaccinated, don’t share glasses or eating utensils, cover your nose and mouth when coughing, and wash your hands often.
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David Andreason, 2, receives a measles vaccination during a free clinic at Jackson School in 1972. The free shots were available to youngsters through 10 years old. Howard Hansen, a staff member of the Omaha City-County Health Department, held the boy. The high-pressure gun shot vaccine through the skin.
Gregory Gonyea, 5, receives a rubella inoculation in 1970 at an immunization clinic at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa. In spite of a worried look at the inoculation gun, Gonyea later said the shot "didn't really hurt but it sure scared me."
Lisa Steimer, 9, gets a shot in the arm at Westgate School in 1975. The Nebraska and Omaha-Douglas County Health Departments staged free measles clinics in schools after reported cases reached epidemic levels.
Creighton University law student Tony Davis presents his measles certificate to gain entry to the Law College building in 1990. Assistant dean David Paul and his secretary, Paulette Sheridan, staff the checkpoint.
Nurse Susan Lampe gives a shot to Tom Deignan, 13, an eighth-grader at Millard North Middle School, during a measles reimmunization clinic at the school in 1989.Two cases of measles had been diagnosed among the school’s students. The health department held the clinic for students who had received the measles vaccine before they were 15 months old.
Elwin Taylor, an employee of the Omaha City-County Health Department, clowns with the vaccine jet injector gun during a 1972 immunization effort at Walnut Hill School in Omaha. Facing off with him is Kevin Hartzell, 5. He was one of 897 youngsters to be immunized against red measles and rubella at the school.
Diane Leahy of the Douglas County Health Department administers the measles vaccine in 1990 to Nicki Beck of Litchfield, Neb., who lived in Kiewit Hall on the Creighton University campus.
Mike Padomek of the St. Joseph pharmacy staff receives a measles inoculation in 1990. Administering the vaccine is nurse Patty Hodgins.
Michala D’Ercole, a freshman at the College of St. Mary, gets a dose of the measles vaccine in 1990. College freshmen and seventh-graders were targeted for immunization under a county effort. Patricia Walkemeyer, a nurse from the Methodist College of Nursing, does the honors.
Nursing student Kim Kowalski gives a measles shot to John Gaughn of Las Vegas during a 1989 inoculation effort at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Free shots were offered to university students after a confirmed case was reported in a 20-year-old student living in a residence hall.
At a voluntary measles immunization clinic at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1989, nursing student Celeste Lentz inoculates Katie Beans, a student from Omaha. After two confirmed cases in the Abel Hall dormitory, health officials pondered mandatory vaccinations to curb the disease’s spread.