Although we do not have mumps disease at SUNY Oswego at this time, the disease has been evident in parts of New York State. To make sure that the SUNY Oswego community can be as safe as possible, students, faculty and staff who have been born since January 1, 1957 should look at their health history and immunization record to be sure that they are properly immunized.
Faculty, staff, and students who would have the greatest chance of contracting mumps in the event of a campus outbreak are encouraged to enhance their immunity to mumps by receiving a mumps vaccination, or have a blood test to check for a positive titer to mumps. If you do not have a history of immunization to mumps, you should complete your mumps vaccination now. Vaccine is available for students at Walker Health Center and faculty and staff can receive mumps vaccine from your health care provider or Oswego County Health Department (315.349.3547).
Mumps is a viral disease characterized by fever, headache, muscle weakness, stiff neck, loss of appetite, and swelling and tenderness of one or more of the salivary glands situated along the angle of the jaw and inside of the mouth. Serious complications affecting the brain, heart or gonads are rare. About one-third of the people who are infected with mumps do not have noticeable salivary gland swelling.
Mumps is transmitted through direct contact with saliva and discharges from the nose and throat of infected people. The incubation period can last between 16 to 25 days. Mumps is contagious three days before and five days after the onset of symptoms.
For more information about mumps, visit the Center for Disease Controls website at www.cdc.gov/mumps.
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