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Southeast MO State: 2 unconfirmed reports of students with mumps

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On December 20, Southeast Missouri State University was notified of two unconfirmed reports of students infected with mumps.

According to the university, both students left campus and returned home to self-quarantine. Other Southeast students were notified of these cases via email.

If and when these cases are confirmed, University officials said they will assist the Cape Girardeau Public Health Center to identify and contact those who may have come in contact with the infected students.

The unconfirmed cases on Southeast’s campus come as Southeast’s fall 2016 semester and final exam week ended Dec. 16 and on the heels of a mumps outbreak on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia reported in the fall.

At the University of Missouri-Columbia, 193 laboratory-confirmed cases were identified as of Dec. 7.

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the majority of cases continue to be reported among university students, but new cases epidemiologically linked to the outbreak are now beginning to occur in persons outside of the university setting. An outbreak of mumps has also been reported in Northwest Arkansas and there are reported cases in several other states.

Mumps is an acute viral infection caused by the mumps virus and is transmitted from person to person through direct contact with respiratory secretions or saliva or indirectly through infected objects. The average incubation period for mumps is 16 to 18 days, with a range of 12 to 25 days.

Symptoms can include the swelling of salivary glands under the ears, body aches, loss of appetite, fatigue, headaches, low-grade fever, painful, swollen testicles in men, and painful, swollen breasts and inflammation of the ovaries in women. 

Mumps prevention is much the same as preventing the flu or common cold: cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; wash your hands with soap and water; avoid sharing drinks, eating utensils, and other objects that may collect germs, such as cell phones; and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, like doorknobs, tables, etc. Of course, if you have the mumps, avoid contact with other people until you are fully recovered. 

While on winter break, University officials are recommending that Southeast students concerned about their possible exposure to mumps review their immunization record.

A student who has had two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine in the past does not need a third.

The CDC does not recommend a third vaccination of MMR for people outside of areas where a mumps outbreak has been declared. If a student is unsure of his or her vaccination status or has not had two doses of the MMR vaccine, he or she should speak with their healthcare provider about getting additional MMR vaccine(s) before returning to campus in January. Students also may contact the Campus Health Clinic at 573-651-2270 to schedule an appointment for the vaccine.

Campus Health Clinic hours during the winter break are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 20-22, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday Jan. 3-13.

Any student diagnosed with mumps during the holiday break is asked to contact Dr. Bruce Skinner, assistant vice president for student success and auxiliary services, at 573-651-5103 or, as Southeast continues to monitor this situation and works to prevent or minimize additional cases.

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For more information on mumps, you can click here to visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

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