CAMBRIDGE, MA - What the heck`s going on at Harvard?
According to the university`s health services director, 40 people have been diagnosed with the mumps virus in the past two months and they all say they were vaccinated as kids.
It`s spreading so fast, it could actually affect graduation in late May.
It spreads through saliva or mucus. Meaning, if an infected person coughs, sneezes, or even accidentally spits on you while talking, you`re at risk. (Hey, it doesn`t take a degree from Harvard to know that sharing cups and utensils with someone who`s sick is also risky.)
Symptoms are: fever, headaches, painful swelling of the salivary glands, and for males past puberty, mumps can cause testicular swelling. Complications can even lead to infertility. The virus is contagious even before you see any swelling.
Anyone diagnosed should immediately be placed in isolation.