Mumps is no longer common because of the effectiveness of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. The vast majority of our students and other campus members have already received the vaccine to prevent mumps when they were children.
Our medical staff have been working closely with the Onondaga County Health Department to monitor the situation. We have also already contacted those individuals who may have come into close contact with the affected individual.
Mumps spreads from person to person via droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person, usually when the person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Mumps is less contagious than measles or chickenpox.
Again, remember to wash your hands often with warm water and soap, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your arm when you cough or sneeze, and avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
The most common symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and parotitis, the swelling of the salivary glands or parotid glands below the ears. Parotitis occurs in 31% to 65% of individuals infected with mumps. From 15% to 27% of people with mumps have no signs or symptoms of illness; others may have respiratory symptoms or only nonspecific symptoms such as headache, loss of appetite, and low-grade fever.
This can range from 12–25 days after exposure.
There is no treatment for mumps. Supportive treatment, such as bed rest, fluids and over-the-counter medication that reduces fever or discomfort, can help manage the symptoms.
No, this is not a mumps outbreak.
There is no need to be tested for mumps unless you are symptomatic.