Information about Mumps

Saint Michael's College, working closely with the Vermont Department of Health, has confirmed three cases of the mumps on campus.

Working closely with the Health Department the College has a plan in place to identify and isolate students who may be infected, and to isolate and care for them should they not be able to go home to recuperate. Students are isolated for a period of 3-5 days during the window when they are considered contagious to others. Faculty will work closely with those students affected to ensure they can stay on track with their coursework, or catch up once they have recuperated.

While the mumps is a serious illness, and can present considerable discomfort, it is not considered to be alone life threatening. There is no treatment other than supportive ones, such as, bed rest, fluids and over the counter medications that reduce fever or discomfort. 

How can I get mumps?

According to the Vermont Department of Health, you can get infected with mumps through the air from an infected person’s cough or sneeze. You can also get it by direct contact with a contaminated surface. Sharing water bottles or eating utensils is also a way that the mumps can spread. 

How long is a person with mumps contagious?

According to the Vermont Department of Health, a person with mumps can pass it to others from 2-3 days before the swelling starts until five days after the swelling begins.

How long does it take to show signs of mumps after being exposed?

This can range from 12–25 days after infection.

How can I help prevent the spread of mumps?

  • Don’t share drinks or eating utensils.
  • Cover your mouth/nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Refrain from kissing and other intimate activity.
  • Don’t share cigarettes and e-cigarettes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Do not play drinking games.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces like sinks, doorknobs and tables.
  • At the first sign of symptoms, visit a doctor.

What are the symptoms of mumps?

  • fever
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • tiredness
  • loss of appetite
  • swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides

I’m feeling under the weather; what should I do?

See a doctor immediately. The quicker you get treated, the less likely your fellow community members will get mumps.

Is there a treatment for the mumps?

First off, mumps in not considered to be alone life threatening. While there is no treatment for mumps, supportive treatments, such as bed rest, fluids and over-the-counter medication that reduces fever or discomfort, can help manage the symptoms.

I have a medical/religious waiver and am currently excluded from campus. When can I return?

According to state and county guidelines, students excluded from campus cannot return to campus until 26 days after the most recent case is confirmed. 

I work at Saint Michael's. Is getting a third MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) booster appropriate for me?

We recommend you contact your Primary Care Physician to discuss whether a third MMR is appropriate for you.

Is the College going to shut down because of the outbreak?

No, while the Center for Disease Control considers three confirmed cases an outbreak, mumps is an easily containable disease. Good health practices and getting a vaccine can significantly limit your exposure and the spreading of mumps. There is no reason to leave campus and no reason to be alarmed. The  College is taking aggressive action to educate the campus community about prevention and treatment. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Health Services.

I plan to visit Saint Michael's in the coming days/weeks, should I not travel to campus?

If you are concerned about traveling to campus, you should consult your family’s primary care physician. Additionally, unvaccinated visitors should absolutely consult their doctor as they are considered to be at greater risk to exposure. 

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