Message from University Health Services
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
Since my last communication, several more mumps cases have been confirmed. At this time, there are 14 confirmed cases. This is a serious matter and we need your help to prevent the further spread of mumps.
Being informed is critical to containing this highly contagious disease. Please take a moment to review the most frequently asked questions below.
I’ve been vaccinated; can I still get mumps?
YES! Although vaccination is your best protection, it’s not 100 percent effective. In fact, every Syracuse student who has contracted mumps has been properly vaccinated.
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.
• 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?
• muscle aches
• loss of appetite
• swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides
I have been exposed to the mumps; what should I do?
The incubation period is usually 16 to 18 days after exposure, but can be as long as 25 days. That means, during this period you should take extra precaution and most importantly, avoid exchanging body fluids with anyone.
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.
I recognize you may have questions and concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact the Health Services team at 315.443.9005. We are open Monday and Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and happy to assist you however we can.
Karen Nardella, M.D.
Syracuse University Health Services