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5/23/2016 - Fairfield University Mumps Disease Advisory Statement 5/23/16

Please find below the Mumps Disease Advisory Statement issued by Fairfield University:

Mumps Disease Advisory Statement

May 23, 2016

The Fairfield University Student Health Center has been informed by the Connecticut Department of Public Health that several undergraduate students have been diagnosed with mumps.  These additional cases of mumps disease developed after the semester end and were identified by the students’ private Health Care Providers.  This notice is a reminder to students that the incubation period for mumps can range from 12-25 days after exposure. 

The University is advising undergraduate students with possible symptoms of mumps to visit their private Health Care Provider for a clinical evaluation.  Symptoms include:  fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw on one or both sides of the face (parotitis). 

Students with signs of mumps must be isolated for five days from the onset of salivary gland swelling.  There is no specific treatment for mumps or exposure to mumps.  Most people with mumps recover fully.  However, mumps can occasionally cause complications, and some of them are serious.  The incubation period for mumps is typically 16-18 days, but can range from 12-25 days.

Mumps is spread by contact with infectious respiratory tract secretions and saliva.  Good hand washing, not sharing drinks or food from unwashed cups or eating utensils, and covering with a tissue when coughing or sneezing are measures which help to prevent viral transmission.

Receiving two doses of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine is the best way to prevent mumps.  Proof of immunity to mumps or proof of two doses of MMR vaccine is currently required for all matriculating students at Fairfield University.  Most students on campus should be protected.  However, the vaccine is not 100% effective, and mumps infection may occur even in fully vaccinated students. 

Graduate students, staff and faculty with signs or symptoms of possible mumps should visit their private Health Care Provider for a clinical evaluation.   Connecticut Health Care Providers must report mumps infection or suspected mumps infection to the CT State Department of Public Health.   The CT Department of Health will also work collaboratively with other State health authorities. 

The Student Health Center is available to answer any questions at 203-254-4000 ext. 2241.  Detailed information on mumps is available at www.cdc.gov/mumps .