Updated on Wednesday Nov. 6 at 5:29 p.m. — At the vaccine clinic on Wednesday the Alamance County Health Department ran out of vaccinations after administering more than 500 doses.
Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley confirmed in an email on Tuesday, Nov. 5 that two new cases of the mumps was confirmed on campus, bringing the total number cases to 10 for the academic year.
Dooley added that most of the previous cases are no longer contagious, and the school is working with students' roommates and classmates to provide them with information and guidance.
"The university will continue to operate normally and there are no plans to change the schedule of classes or activities, regardless of the number of positive mumps cases," Dooley said in his email.
Given the latest announcement, an extra MMR vaccine clinic will be held Wednesday, November 6, from 2:00-6:30pm in Alumni Gym. In an email update on Wednesday evening Dooley said via email the Alamance County Health Department ran out of vaccinations after administering more than 500 doses.
Dooley reported that 895 measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccines have been administered by Alamance County Health Department through the health center this year. Students and staff members can still get booster shots through health services at no cost. Vaccinations are being administered by appointment on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings until Nov. 14.
Vaccinations can also be received through pharmacies in the area, primary care physicians and Alamance County Health Department, located on the first floor of the Alamance County Human Services Center.
Temple University experienced a mumps outbreak in March where over 170 confirmed or probable cases arose. Temple did not cancel classes or close the university. Temple has over 29,000 students, compared to Elon's approximately 6,000.
Dooley confirmed in an email on Oct. 7 that three additional cases of mumps have come back positive. Dooley said in the same email that almost 800 students have received a booster shot for the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine since the shot was initially offered on campus in late September.
In an update from Dooley on 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.
The health department administered 476 doses of the MMR vaccine on Sept. 26.
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 the first case of an undergraduate student with a case of the mumps.
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 MMR vaccination.
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.