Number of mumps cases at college rises to 13
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.