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Possible mumps case reported at Calvin College

Posted at 4:17 PM, May 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-08 16:18:07-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A possible case of the mumps has been reported on the campus of Calvin College.

The health alert was posted to the college’s health services page this weekend warning of the potential exposure and risk to other students. The college says it should know by mid-day Monday if the case is confirmed.

The college’s health services department has been following Calvin protocols and is working closely with the Kent County Health Department to mitigate risk to others, the site said.

Mumps is an extremely contagious viral illness resulting in swollen jaws and puffy cheeks, which can lead to serious complications in adults. A release from the college said the biggest concern is for students who have not yet been vaccinated against the virus. The college is offering vaccinations to those students.

If the test results are positive, students who choose not to be vaccinated will be asked to leave campus for 26 days by order of the Kent County Health Department, according to the college.

>> MORE: Read the release from Calvin College here