Mumps cases on SUNY cam­pus climb to 16

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

Af­fected stu­dents have been iso­lated, and stu­dents have been ed­u­cated about how to re­duce their ex­po­sure.

The num­ber of con­firmed cases of mumps on the SUNY New Paltz cam­pus has risen to 16, ac­cord­ing to school’s Stu­dent Health Ser­vice.

Af­fected stu­dents have been iso­lated for the rec­om­mended pe­riod of time, and stu­dent ath­letes and res­i­dent stu­dents have been ed­u­cated about how to re­duce ex­po­sure to mumps.

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.

Twenty stu­dents who have not been im­mu­nized have been sent home un­til Dec. 12, as per Ul­ster County Health Depart­ment and state Health Depart­ment guide­lines.

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.

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.

Mumps is trans­mit­ted through close con­tact, shar­ing of uten­sils, drink­ing glasses and saliva con­tact through kiss­ing. Wash­ing hands is rec­om­mended.

The cam­pus has en­hanced its clean­ing ef­forts in af­fected ar­eas, in­clud­ing the Ath­letic and Well­ness Cen­ter and the Le­nape, Gage, Shango, Crispell and Bou­ton res­i­dence halls.

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