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Campus Health Advisory: Mumps Virus

 

 

 

CAMPUS HEALTH ADVISORY: MUMPS VIRUS

FROM:  University Health Center
              Office:  361.825.2601

TO:   TAMU-CC Faculty and Staff,

The following information was sent to students this morning. Since several cases were linked to the South Padre Island area over Spring Break we wanted to be sure our students, faculty, and staff were informed of this.

Students:

The Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) issued a Health Advisory concerning a Texas outbreak of the Mumps Virus. Texas is experiencing the highest incidence of Mumps it has seen in the last 22 years.  As of April 11, the TDSHS has been notified of 13 mumps cases in people who traveled to South Padre Island between March 8 and March 22 from six states, including two cases from Texas.

Symptoms: Mumps typically starts with a fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. Most people will have swelling in their salivary glands located in front of each ear. Swelling of these glands will cause puffy cheeks and a tender, swollen jaw. If you experience symptoms, you should seek treatment at a local health care facility.

Transmission: Mumps is transmitted from person to person by saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat. An infected person can spread the virus by coughing, sneezing, or talking. The virus can also be spread by sharing items such as cups or eating utensils. You may be infected with the virus for up to 16-18 days (range of 12-25 days) before the onset of symptoms. Once the salivary glands are swollen, you are contagious from 3 days before to 5 days after onset of the swelling.

Vaccination: Vaccination with the MMR vaccine protects against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella and it is the best way to prevent this disease. This vaccination is typically given at age 1 year and 4-6 years old. If you are unsure if you had the vaccine or not, you should check your personal vaccination records to see if you have received it.

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If you have concerns, you may call the University Health Center at (361) 825-2601 during business hours to talk with a nurse. After 5pm or on weekends, please call the University Health Center and select option #2 to be connected to the afterhours Nurse Line. You may also contact your local health care provider for more information on vaccinations or if you are experiencing any symptoms. 

For additional information, please go to: 

The CDC website at:  http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4211.pdf or The University Health Center website at: http://healthcenter.tamucc.edu/