MILTON, Mass. (WHDH) -
Officials at Curry College in Milton warned students on Thursday that they may have been exposed to the mumps, Jonathan Hall reported First on 7News.
There were 18 confirmed cases of the mumps in Massachusetts last year according to the Department of Public Health.
There has been no confirmed case at Curry College, but an email sent to students said that a visitor to campus had a suspected case of the mumps.
The visitor was at the college between Feb. 14 and Feb. 19.
The state said the visitor was from out of state and has since left Massachusetts.
A college spokeswoman said that no students have been symptomatic or have been treated for mumps, but the email cautioned the 1,400 students to be on the lookout.
“I have vaccinations for everything. In the nursing program, we have to be vaccinated for everything before we go into any clinical. I feel protected personally. I am not sure of everybody else on campus,” one student said.
The last good-sized outbreak of mumps came in 2006 and primarily impacted college students in the Midwest.
This comes after two confirmed measles cases in mid-February. One involves someone who spent 16 hours at the Trader Joe’s in Framingham during Valentine’s weekend. The other patient work at the Bose headquarters and lives in Spencer.
The state said there are no confirmed cases of mumps in Massachusetts right now.
Symptoms of the disease include fever, headaches, swollen cheeks, glands and a body rash.