Num­ber of mumps cases at col­lege rises to 13

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Mid-Hud­son News Net­work and Free­man staff

Among the peo­ple af­fected are one ath­let­ics staff mem­ber and sev­eral mem­bers of the swim team.

The Stu­dent Health Ser­vice at SUNY New Paltz says there now have been 13 con­firmed cases of mumps on cam­pus. Among the peo­ple af­fected are one ath­let­ics staff mem­ber and sev­eral mem­bers of the col­lege’s swim team.

The health ser­vice’s direc­tor, Dr. Jack Ord­way, said that while the state Health Depart­ment has in­di­cated there is min­i­mal risk of trans­mis­sion, out of an abun­dance of cau­tion, the col­lege has pro­vided in­for­ma­tion about pre­cau­tions.

The af­fected stu­dents, who have been im­mu­nized against mumps, have been iso­lated for the rec­om­mended pe­riod of time, and 20 stu­dents who have not been im­mu­nized have been sent home un­til De­cem­ber, Ord­way said.

Tours and gen­eral in­for­ma­tion ses­sions will con­tinue on cam­pus as sched­uled, but af­fected res­i­dence halls will be avoided un­til fur­ther no­tice. Cam­pus de­part­ments and units that have events sched­uled that in­volve vis­i­tors from of­f­cam­pus, es­pe­cially chil­dren, have been urged to take pre­cau­tions.

The mumps prob­lem at New Paltz be­gan late last month with eight cases, and be­cause it af­fected mem­bers of the col­lege’s in­ter­col­le­giate swim team, the cam­pus pool was shut down for two days and swim meets for the re­main­der of the se­mes­ter were can­celed.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the school de­cided, cur­rent mem­bers of the swim­ming pro­gram could not serve as life­guards or par­tic­i­pate in gen­eral aquat­ics pro­gram­ming.

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. Other symp­toms can in­clude fever, headache, mus­cle aches, fa­tigue and de­creased ap­petite.

All 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.

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