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Mumps advisory for April 7, 2017

Apr 7, 2017

Two University of the Pacific students on the Stockton Campus were recently diagnosed with mumps and are recovering, while a limited number of other students have presented with symptoms and are being tested.

The university is working with Public Health Services of San Joaquin County to stop the spread of the disease, including securing measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine booster and notifying anyone who may have come in contact with the students. No other cases have been diagnosed to date.

Mumps is a contagious viral infection that is spread by droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat of an infected person. Symptoms typically develop two to three weeks after exposure to the virus. The most common symptoms of mumps are fever, headache, and swollen or tender salivary glands under the ears, jaw or tongue. The virus also can cause painful, swollen testicles in males. Individuals with mumps are most infectious from one to two days before until five days after onset of the swollen glands. There is a risk of infection when standing less than 3 feet from the person for more than 5 minutes.

For more information about mumps, see the frequently asked questions here, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on mumps.

The best prevention is to make sure your immunizations are up-to-date and complete. Students unsure of their vaccine status can go to MyHealth@Pacific at https://healthservices.pacific.edu/login_directory.aspx.

If you suspect you have mumps, contact your primary care provider and immediately limit your contact with other people and do not attend class, work or social functions. Be sure to cover your mouth and nose when coughing and clean your hands often with soap and water. If you have questions, contact Pacific Health Services at 209.946.2315 ext. 1.

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