Update on suspected case of mumps – Dec. 11, 2017

The Morrisville State College student with the suspected case of mumps will remain as a suspected case of mumps. The Student Health Center continues to work closely with the state and local public health departments, our partners in all public health threats which may affect our campus community.

As previously mentioned, this student had received the recommended two measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine doses. However, as seen in recent mumps outbreaks, a second vaccine dose does not guarantee immunity as strength of the vaccine may wane over time.

Mumps is contagious and spreads through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat. Risk of spreading increases with close contact and longer duration contact with a person infected with mumps.  An infected person can spread the virus by:

•   coughing, sneezing or talking

•   sharing items, such as cups or eating utensils, with others, and

•   touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others.

Since the mumps virus is not “hardy” and cannot live on surfaces for long periods of time, surface contact is regarded as a low-likelihood mode of transmission. Mumps likely spreads 2 days before the salivary glands begin to swell and up to 5 days afterwards. It typically starts with a few days of sore throat, nasal congestion, cough, earache and difficulty swallowing, followed by swollen salivary glands. The period of time from exposure to infection is 12-25 days but most commonly 16-18 days.

Most cases of mumps are mild but complications are possible and may include:

•   inflammation of the testicles (orchitis) in males who have reached puberty; rarely does this lead to fertility problems

•   inflammation of the brain (encephalitis)

•   inflammation of the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord (meningitis)

•   inflammation of the ovaries (oophoritis) and/or breast tissue (mastitis)

•   deafness

As we head into the semester break, the MSC campus community (students, faculty and staff) is reminded to take precautions to reduce the spread of mumps. If you show symptoms or have concerns over the break, please consult your primary care provider. In the event of a “positive” result, please inform the Student Health Center at 315-684-6078 as soon as possible.


Suspected case of mumps Dec. 6, 2017

A Morrisville State College student arrived at the Matthias Student Health Center Wednesday morning and was diagnosed with a suspected case of mumps. Per state health regulations, the student is in isolation and will remain there until Sunday, and samples are on the way to state laboratories in Albany.

The student previously had received a measles, mumps and rubella vaccination and booster. New York State requires that anyone taking more than six credit hours at a SUNY institution provide vaccination records or receive an exclusion for religious or medical reasons.

According to a 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, approximately 64 percent of mumps cases in college students occur in individuals who previously had received MMR vaccinations and boosters.

The college is following CDC and state regulations and recommendations and will continue to do so. Updates will be available on this page.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Student Health Center at 315.684.6078 or visit them, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at their location between the John W. Stewart Center for Student Activities (STUAC) and the automotive building. The CDC has a Mumps: Questions and Answers sheet available at http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4211.pdf.  

Students should continue to attend classes and live in their residence halls. If they have specific concerns, they are advised to speak with residence hall advisers and academic advisers, or contact the deans’ offices in Student Life and their respective schools.