Mumps cases on SUNY campus climb to 16
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.