2 cases of mumps confirmed at Syracuse University

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Two cases of the mumps have been confirmed in Onondaga County-- and both cases are students at Syracuse University. 

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. 

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.

“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. 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)," said Onondaga County Heakth Commissioner, Dr. Indu Gupta.

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