Yale University suspects 2 mumps cases on campus

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NEW HAVEN – Yale University in New Haven is warning the community after two suspected cases of the mumps were discovered on campus.

One student is an undergraduate living on campus and one is a graduate student living off campus, according to the university.

In recent months, several colleges and universities throughout the country have reported outbreaks of mumps, including  Sacred Heart University in Connecticut and at Harvard.

Over 90 percent of Yale undergraduates have received mumps vaccine, but it is still possible for students or other members of the campus community to contract the disease, according to the university.

According to the CDC, mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, followed by swollen salivary glands. Visible signs you’ve got it: swollen and painful cheeks.

Most people with mumps recover completely in a few weeks but mumps can occasionally cause severe complications, especially in adults. Treatment includes rest, fluids, and over-the-counter medicine to reduce fever and discomfort. Since mumps is caused by a virus, antibiotics are not used as a treatment.

People with mumps can spread the infection for up to two days before, and five days after, symptoms develop, so those infected can spread the disease before they feel sick. Symptoms typically appear 16-18 days after infection, but this period can range from 12-25 days after infection. More information about mumps is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If members of the Yale community develop symptoms of mumps, they should contact their primary care clinician. Students should call Student Health at 203-432-0312.

Students who have mumps or mumps-like symptoms will be asked to go home if they live close enough to New Haven or if their parent or guardian is able to pick them up. Students who are not able to go home will be cared for at Yale Health until they are no longer contagious. Faculty and staff with symptoms should consult their health care providers. They should not come to work.