WATAUGA COUNTY, N.C. -- Appalachian District Health Department and Appalachian State University confirmed one case of mumps from a current student Saturday.

Health officials say the person diagnosed with the virus is being treated, and actions are in effect to minimize contact with the person.

Dr. Robert Ellison, director of Appalachian State University's Student Health Service released the following statement:

“Appalachian State University is working in close partnership with AppHealthCare and the North Carolina Division of Public Health to investigate this case and prevent the spread of mumps. We want to reassure our campus and community that this virus is spread through close contact like kissing, drinking after someone else, coughing or sneezing. The ill student has been cooperative in staying home while ill as we have instructed.”

Health officials say vaccination is the best way to prevent mumps. More information about the Mump's disease is available from the following links: