COLUMBIA — Seven people in Columbia are suspected of having mumps, according to the Boone County Public Health and Human Services.
Health officials are conducting tests to confirm that the patients, all in their early 20s, are infected with the virus, which can do permanent damage. The virus, however, hasn't killed anyone in the U.S. since at least 2006, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
All the cases were diagnosed Wednesday, said Andrea Waner*, a spokeswoman with the Columbia/Boone County Department of Health. MU is assisting the health department in notifying students, prospective students and any campus visitors who may have come in contact with the seven patients. READ MORE