County health officials have confirmed a case of mumps in a student at SUNY Cortland, with several others on campus also suspected of having the virus.
The health department’s now working closely with the university and the state Department of Health to monitor the situation and keep the public informed, according to Cortland County Public Health Director Catherine Feuerherm.
“It is important to remember that mumps is a vaccine preventable disease and because of high vaccination rates, mumps is no longer very common in the United States,” Feuerherm said. “While sporadic cases can still occur among vaccinated individuals and outbreaks have occurred on college campuses across New York State and the US, the best way to protect against mumps is to get the
measles-mumps-rubella shot (MMR shot).”
CDC data shows one dose of the MMR shot to be nearly 80% effective against mumps, with two doses bringing that just under 90%.
More from the County Health Department:
Mumps is a serious contagious viral disease passed through saliva and respiratory secretions of an ill individual.
Symptoms include: fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears or along the jawline on one or both sides.
Severe symptoms can include meningitis and swelling of the testis. An ill person can transmit the disease for two days before the onset of swollen salivary glands and 5 days afterwards.
There is no specific treatment.
Tips on preventing the spread of mumps:
Check with your doctor to be sure that your vaccinations are up to date. The mumps vaccine is given as
part of the MMR vaccine.
If you have swollen salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides, seek medical care immediately
and stay out of work and/or school for the time as advised by your health care provider
If you believe you have been exposed and will seek medical care, please contact your medial office in
advance so that they can be prepared to limit your contact to those not exposed.
Avoid sharing drinks, cover your cough, and stay home if you are sick.
If you are a close contact of a person diagnosed with mumps, watch for symptoms for 25 days.
The Cortland County Health Department is working closely with the New York State Department of Health and
SUNY Cortland, and will continue monitoring the situation and informing the public.
For more information about mumps visit www.cdc.gov/mumps.