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Mumps

March 29, 2019

Dear KU Students, Faculty & Staff,

As a follow-up to Thursday's health communication, Kutztown University's medical staff has received a negative test result for the suspected mumps case. There are currently no cases of mumps at KU.

With several area colleges still reporting confirmed cases, we urge our community to continue to take precaution to reduce your chances of contracting the disease. Our medical staff will continue to work with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to ensure appropriate measures are in place.

Precautions to reduce your chances of contracting the disease:

  • Assure proper immunization against mumps.  If in doubt, contact your primary care physician.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; use your upper sleeve to cover your cough, not your hand.
  • Wash hands frequently and efficiently. When unable to wash with soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid sharing food and drinks or participating in other activities that may result in saliva exposure.
  • Stay home from school or work when you are sick to rest and limit the spread of illness to others.

If you feel you begin to experience symptoms of mumps (puffy cheeks, fever, aches, tiredness, loss of appetite), please consult a medical professional. The KU Health & Wellness Center is available on campus at Beck Hall and can be reached at 610-683-4082.

Sincerely,

Dolores Hess
Director, KU Health & Wellness Services

March 28, 2019

Dear KU Students, Faculty & Staff,

A Kutztown University student has been diagnosed with a suspected case of mumps. The student is self-isolating at home and will remain at home until cleared by their physician to return to campus.

Individuals who display any of the symptoms of mumps, listed below, should be evaluated by a medical professional. Students should contact the KU Health and Wellness Center immediately in Beck Hall at 610-683-4082, while faculty and staff should contact their primary care physician.

KU staff are in constant communication with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to monitor this situation.

The symptoms of mumps are similar to influenza (the flu). Outbreaks have most commonly occurred among groups of people who have prolonged, close contact, such as sharing water bottles or cups, kissing, practicing sports together, or living in close quarters, with a person who has mumps.

Symptoms of Mumps

  • Puffy cheeks and tender, swollen jaw
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite

People with mumps are considered infectious from two days before swelling begins, through five days after the start of swelling.

Precautions to reduce your chances of contracting the disease:

  • Assure proper immunization against mumps.  If in doubt, contact your primary care physician.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; use your upper sleeve to cover your cough, not your hand.
  • Wash hands frequently and efficiently. When unable to wash with soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid sharing food and drinks or participating in other activities that may result in saliva exposure.
  • Stay home from school or work when you are sick to rest and limit the spread of illness to others.


For more information on mumps, visit the CDC website:

https://www.cdc.gov/mumps/
https://www.cdc.gov/mumps/infographics/mumps-mmr.html

Additional Information


Sincerely,

Dolores Hess
Director, KU Health & Wellness Services