Mumps Continue Among Young Adults in Marion County

For Immediate Release
March 11, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – Cases of mumps are occurring in Marion County, primarily impacting young adults. As of March 11, 2016, 28 confirmed cases have been reported in Marion County, ranging in age from 19-26 years old. Of these, 21 confirmed cases have been reported at Butler University, three confirmed cases at IUPUI, and four other cases in the county.

Mumps is caused by a virus spread through direct and indirect contact with an infected person’s nose or throat droplets. It can be spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. The virus can also be spread indirectly through contact with a contaminated surface.

Symptoms typically appear 12-25 days after exposure and include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, and swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears (puffy cheeks and swollen jaw).

“Mumps is caused by a virus, so antibiotics won’t help someone heal from the infection,” said Christiane Hadi, M.D., medical director of the Infectious Disease program at the Marion County Public Health Department. “It’s important for everyone, especially right now on college campuses, to practice good hygiene to protect themselves from mumps and other illnesses.”

The Marion County Public Health Department is working very closely with the Indiana State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Marion County Public Health Department recommends the following tips for reducing the spread of mumps:

  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Sneeze and cough into a tissue or elbow.
  • Avoid sharing utensils, food, or drinks.
  • Avoid sharing anything by mouth, including cigarettes or other types of smoking devices (hookahs, e-cigs, vaporizers).

Individuals who develop symptoms should isolate themselves to prevent further potential spread and contact a healthcare provider immediately.

It is important for everyone to know their status for the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. If a person has no doses of MMR, or only one dose, it is recommended to get a dose as soon as possible. Questions about vaccine status should be directed to a primary healthcare provider, or contact the Marion County Public Health Department’s Immunization Program at 317-221-2122.

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Media Contact:
Curt Brantingham 
Media/Public Information Coordinator 
317-221-2316 (o) │ 317-525-7450 (c)


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