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Louisiana health dept to colleges, schools: Watch for mumps

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state health department says at least six Louisiana State University students have come down with the mumps, and any others with swollen, tender salivary glands should see a doctor and stay home.

Department press secretary Kelly Zimmerman says other universities, schools and health care providers are being alerted to watch out for mumps.

Assistant state health officer Parham Jaberi tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/2mTxd3e ) that some people at LSU might not yet have been tested or even shown symptoms. He says Friday's warning was given because mumps spreads very easily.

More than 300 cases of mumps were reported in Arkansas over the past two months.

The virus is often spread by coughing and sneezing.

In men and adolescent boys, it can cause painful swelling of the testicles.

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