Mumps cases in­crease; swim meets canceled

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

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.

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