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Mumps Information

Friday, September 23, 2016
Faculty, Staff and Students: 
 
I’m writing to let you know that we have identified one confirmed and two suspected cases of mumps here at the University of Maryland. All cases involve students and we believe they are linked.
 
This is not cause for alarm. 
 
All University of Maryland students are required to be immunized against mumps, but the vaccination is not 100% effective.  It is likely that you are protected based on past vaccinations.  Nonetheless, given the current situation, I’m writing to let you know what you should watch for and do should you experience symptoms.
 
Symptoms
Mumps is a virus infection which most often causes:
●     Fever,
●     Headache,
●     Body aches,
●     Pain and swelling of the salivary glands at the angle of the jaw (the parotid glands).  This gland swelling is a classic part of the disease.  It usually resolves within one to two weeks. 
 
Symptoms most often occur within 12 to 25 days after exposure (more likely 14-18 days after exposure). Because it is a virus, there is no cure.
 
Transmission
Transmission requires contact with saliva droplets through activities like kissing or sharing of glasses or utensils.  Please avoid these activities when possible. 
 
Treatment
Mumps is treated with rest, fluids and pain relievers/fever reducers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. More serious symptoms of the mumps are rare.  More information about the mumps can be found here: http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/IDEHASharedDocuments/Mumps.pdf
 
Watch closely for the signs of mumps and contact the University Health Center immediately if you have signs of this infection.  There is no reason for a visit to a doctor or for a test for those who have no symptoms.
 
If you have questions, please to contact the University Health Center at (301) 314-8180.
 
In health,
 
David McBride, MD
Director
University Health Center
University of Maryland