Updated – Monday, Oct. 7 — 8:48 p.m.
Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley confirmed in an email on Monday, Oct. 7 that three additional cases of mumps have come back positive. This brings the positive case count to six. Dooley said in the same email that almost 800 students have received a booster shot of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine since the shot was initially offered on campus in late September.
Students who are experiencing symptoms of mumps are advised by Dooley to make an appointment by calling 336-278-7230. Faculty members should contact their primary health provider or the Faculty & Staff Wellness Clinic at 336-278-5569.
In an update from Dooley on Monday, Sept. 30 Dooley said four potential cases of mumps have come back negative, with only one confirmed case of the mumps still on campus. Dooley also said that two new cases arose during Family Weekend. Those cases were sent to the health department for additional testing.
In a Friday update on the two community members who were exhibiting symptoms of the mumps, Dooley said testing on both individuals came back negative. There is still only one case of mumps confirmed on campus. Dooley went on to say the cases will remain "probable cases" because the community members have shown systems that were consistent with the illness.
Dooley also said the school became aware of two more cases on Thursday. The two new cases have been referred to the health department for testing.
The health department administered 476 doses of the MMR vaccine on Thursday. The university will host another vaccination opportunity on Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in South Gym for those that have received an email saying they have been in contact with someone exhibiting symptoms of the mumps. From 2 to 5 p.m. the clinic will be open to the university community while supplies last. Vaccinations will be provided free of charge to university community members.
In an update on Wednesday evening Dooley said 812 students and 52 faculty members were alerted that they had been in direct contact with the student with mumps and they were offered an additional MMR shot. Dooley went on to say that one undergraduate student and one graduate faculty member have exhibited symptoms consistent with mumps.
In an email on Tuesday, Sept. 24, Dooley confirmed at least one undergraduate student with a case of the mumps. Dooley said the university is not aware of any other cases at this time.
Dooley went on to say there is no reason to change daily operations for anyone on campus, but said the university would be contacting students and staff who were believed to have been in contact with the individual with mumps to offer them a third dose of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination.
University spokesman Owen Covington said that those who live in proximity to the student, classmates of the student, classmates of classmates of the student, those in an organization with the student, and others who are believed to have been in contact with the student while they were contagious will all be offered the vaccination free and on campus by the Alamance County Health Department.
Some symptoms of the mumps, according to Purdue University Student Health, are swelling of the ears and near the jaw, fever, tiredness, muscle aches and loss of appetite. Mumps is spread through indirect or direct contact with a contagious person’s nose or throat droplets. It can be shared through uncovered sneezes, coughs or sharing of drinks.
Dooley encouraged students to cover their mouths when sneezing and coughing, frequently washing their hands, avoid sharing objects that may have saliva on them and disinfecting objects that are commonly shared.
The Centers for Disease Control reported 2,363 cases of the mumps from Jan. 1 to Sept. 13, 2019. Last year Temple University was hit a more than 100-person outbreak a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health when commenting on the outbreak at Temple said that by the time students get to college the protection against mumps fades.
The Post and Courier reported on Monday, Sept. 23 that three people had tested positive for the mumps on the College of Charleston campus.