- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The number of mumps cases has jumped in Johnson County, and officials are warning University of Iowa students as they begin arriving for the start of the fall semester next week.

Administrators have emailed students and parents to alert them and tell students who become ill to stay home and away from others. The university also advised staffers and others in the Iowa City campus community to ensure their vaccinations are up to date.

The Johnson County Public Health Department has received 15 reports of mumps in the county so far this year, although all the cases haven’t been confirmed. County public health director Doug Beardsley says the county usually gets no more than one case a year.

Mumps symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite.

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