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VCU issues mumps alert after 1 case confirmed

Thursday - 3/28/2013, 2:02pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Students and faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University are being advised to take precautions after a case of mumps was confirmed.

Media outlets report that the university sent a letter Thursday to staff and faculty alerting them about the case.

The alert follows an outbreak of mumps at the University of Richmond. The university said last week that multiple cases of mumps among students had been confirmed.

Mumps is spread through droplets of body fluid, usually when someone coughs or sneezes. Symptoms include headache, fever, and swollen or tender glands in the jaw area.

VCU is asking anyone who has these symptoms to avoid contact with other people for five days.

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