Brown University says 4 students contracted the mumps

Brown University (WJAR)

Officials at Brown University have confirmed four students have contracted the mumps.

Brown University spokesman Brian Clark said the campus community was notified Friday and that the state Department of Health was notified. Clark said the affected students are being isolated.

Mumps is a highly contagious viral disease that leads to swelling of the salivary glands. It can affect other organs in adults.

Dr. Adam Pallant, clinical director of health services at Brown, says mumps is usually not harmful and passes within a week.

Pallant said the majority of students and staff at the university have been vaccinated against the disease.

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