5 suspected cases of mumps reported at American University

Five suspected cases of mumps have been reported at American University.

The D.C. Department of Health says all of the affected students have been isolated as a part of standard procedure. Officials have also contacted the students to identify any other potentially affected students who might be at direct risk of contracting mumps.

These cases come shortly after students at the University of Virginia were urged to take precautions when officials identified two suspected cases of mumps at the school.

Mumps is usually spread through contact with saliva. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen and tender salivary glands under one or both ears

Anyone with questions is asked to contact the Student Health Center at 202-885-3380.