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9 LSU Students Have The Mumps

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LSU officials say nine students have contracted the mumps as of Monday afternoon.

Nine Lousiana State University students have been diagnosed with the mumps, and the school said today that number is up from last week.

All but one of the sick students live off campus in Baton Rouge. Spokesman Ernie Ballard says the on-campus resident is being quarantined for two weeks.

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control it typically starts with a fever, headache and achy muscles. Most people develop painfully swollen salivary glands.

The LSU Student Health Center in Baton Rouge is offering free vaccinations for students.

Tegan has reported on the coast for WWNO since 2015. In this role she has covered a wide range of issues and subjects related to coastal land loss, coastal restoration, and the culture and economy of Louisiana’s coastal zone, with a focus on solutions and the human dimensions of climate change. Her reporting has been aired nationally on Planet Money, Reveal, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace, BBC, CBC and other outlets. She’s a recipient of the Pulitzer Connected Coastlines grant, CUNY Resilience Fellowship, Metcalf Fellowship, and countless national and regional awards.

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