SU offering mumps vaccine to students, 47 probable cases discovered on campus

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Syracuse University is offering a booster dose of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to students as the number of mumps cases on campus continues to rise. 

The shot will be offered for student-athletes and undergrad students. 

Clinics will begin operating on Oct. 24 on the SU campus. 

Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta says that the mumps outbreak is still spreading, mainly on the SU campus. 

The students most affected are undergraduate students on sports teams, their roommates, friends, and close contacts. 

There are 27 confirmed cases and 45 probable cases that involve members of the SU campus community. There are also two probable cases in the community-- one with a known link to SU, and one with no known link to SU. 

The health department and university recommend the following as they continue to combat the mumps outbreak:

  • Be sure that you are fully vaccinated against vaccine-preventable diseases including mumps.
  • If you have a fever and swollen salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides or in other salivary glands, seek medical care immediately and stay out of work, school, and social activities for five days .
  • Avoid risky behaviors such as kissing and sharing drinks and eating utensils.
  • Wash hands frequently, cover your cough, and stay home if you are sick.
  • If you are a close contact of a person diagnosed with mumps, watch yourself for symptoms for 25 days.

Other symptoms of mumps include headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, testicular or abdominal pain. 

Click here for more information about the mumps outbreak at SU. 

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