April 7, 2006
Contact: Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330, (785) 418-0032 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Baldwin City, Kan. — A campus e-mail was sent Friday afternoon notifying Baker University students, faculty and staff of a suspected case of mumps on campus.

Mumps is a viral infection of the salivary glands. Symptoms are generally fever, swelling and tenderness in one or more of the salivary glands. There is no specific treatment other than rest, drinking fluids and taking pain relievers. Mumps generally is not considered a serious illness but is highly contagious.

Ruth Sarna, director of student health services, recommends the following precautions:

•    To help prevent the spread of mumps, cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue while sneezing or coughing and wash your hands frequently and avoid sharing food or drink with others.

•    Students who develop symptoms of mumps should contact the Student Health Center at (785) 594-8409, ext. 409, or their health-care provider immediately.

•    Faculty and staff who develop symptoms should immediately contact their health-care provider.

•    For students, faculty and staff who have seen a medical provider and who are likely to have mumps, the Lawrence Douglas County Health Department recommends that they isolate themselves from classes, work and other group gatherings for four days after the onset of symptoms.