Mumps cases increase; swim meets canceled
11 students at the college had been affected by the illness as of Thursday, according to the campus health center.
Reported cases of mumps at SUNY New Paltz had risen to 11 as of Thursday, mostly among members of the school’s intercollegiate swimming program, according to a College Health Center update.
The health center and college officials had reported eight cases of mumps on campus as of Tuesday.
“Under the advice of the New York State Health Department and the Ulster County Health Department, the swim team will not compete against other colleges or universities for the remainder of the semester, the online posting stated. “Noninfected swimming student athletes may return to practice at Elting Pool on Nov. 29.”
The pool, in the school’s Elting Gym, was reopened to the public last Friday after being closed for two days. Members of the swim team, however, still are barred from using it.
Current members of the swimming program also are not allowed to serve as lifeguards, participate in general aquatics programming or interface “out of an abundance of caution,” according to the health center website.
Campus tours and general information sessions will continue this week as scheduled, although campus tours of affected dormitories will be canceled until further notice. A college spokeswoman did not say which dormitories were affected.
SUNY New Paltz students are required to provide documentation of two measles, one rubella and one mumps immunization, or provide documentation of a religious or other exemption.
Mumps is a respiratory virus, the symptoms of which “include painful swelling of the salivary glands near the ears and under the jaw, which can occur on one or both sides of the face,” according to a letter from the Student Health Service at SUNY New Paltz. “This swelling may be associated with other nonspecific symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and decreased appetite.”
The affected students were isolated, and some who had not been immunized against mumps were sent home, the college has said.