UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) Wisconsin now has 27 confirmed cases of the mumps this spring. Milwaukee health officials confirmed four cases yesterday -- two at U-W-M and two elsewhere in the state's largest city. U-W Madison has also reported some new cases, bringing the total there to 12. It's the first time in two years that the state has seen any cases of the mumps, a highly-contagious disease spread by kissing, sharing food or utensils, or even talking to another person.
Officials said young adults brought the disease to Wisconsin in late March, from the trips they took on spring break. All 27 cases involve young people, and about half are college students.
Officials said three-fourths of the infected people were fully vaccinated -- but what was supposed to be lifetime immunity failed for some reason. Paul Biedrzycki of the Milwaukee Health Department fears that the mumps will spread once colleges finish their spring semesters soon.
The disease incubates for up to three weeks before symptoms appear that include fever and body aches.