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Mumps Health ALert:
Student health officials at Missouri University of Science and Technology have confirmed that a Missouri S&T student has been diagnosed with mumps.
The Missouri State Public Health Laboratory confirmed the case on Tuesday, Jan. 31, and notified Missouri S&T officials at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Dr. Dennis Goodman, director of student health services at Missouri S&T, advises students to be aware of symptoms of the virus and to contact student health services at 573-341-4284 if they believe they may be infected. This is the only confirmed case of mumps for Missouri S&T and in Phelps County. “We will continue to monitor reports to determine whether further measures are needed,” says Goodman.
The major sign of mumps is parotitis, the swelling of the salivary glands, or parotid glands, below the ear
Additionalcommon symptoms of mumps include:
Pain opening and closing the jaw
Students with these symptoms should report to the student health center for evaluation, treatment and testing. The student health center is located at 910 W. 10th St.
Any Missouri S&T students who receive a diagnosis of mumps by an outside healthcare provider should notify Missouri S&T student health services by calling 573-341-4284.
MMR - Measles, Mumps, Rubella
All students attending class on campus must have on file at Student Health proof of 2 doses of Measles Vaccine (MMR- Measles, mumps and rubella)
MMR Information Sheet
The first dose must be given after age 12 months
The second dose must be at least 30 days after the first.
Birthdate prior to 1957
Documented proof of Measles illness
Presence of immune deficiency
The cost of the MMR vaccine is $60.00 at student health services (SHS does not bill private insurance).
Students with no insurance can get the vaccine at the Phelps-Maries County Health Department at a reduced cost.
If a student receives additional vaccines from an outside provider upload documentation to the patient portal.
Chances of getting mumps when vaccinated
The mumps component of the MMR vaccine is about 88% (range: 66-95%) effective when a person gets two doses; one dose is about 78% (range: 49%−92%) effective.
If you have not had your second vaccine you should get it as soon as possible. The vaccine will be protective within 10-14 days.
Can someone get mumps more than once
People who have had mumps are usually protected for life against another mumps infection. However, second occurrences of mumps do occur.
What is the incubation period
The time of exposure to the development of symptoms can range from12-25 days.
How long is a person with mumps contagious
2-3 days before and a minimum of 5 days after the onset of symptoms.
How does mumps spread
Mumps spreads from person to person via droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person, usually when the person coughs, sneezes, or talks. The virus may also be spread indirectly when someone with mumps touches items or surfaces without washing their hands and then someone else touches the same surface and rubs their mouth or nose.
What if I have been exposed or think I have been exposed
Monitor for and report symptoms or pain in the face or jaw.
What if I have symptom that I suspect is related to mumps
Students should see a student health provider to be evaluated and potentially be tested.
What happens if I get the mumps
The providers at the student health center will discuss specific instructions on a case by case basis.
Is there a treatment for mumps
There is no specific medication for mumps, only supportive treatment (bed rest, fluids, and fever reduction).
Antibiotics are not beneficial because mumps is a viral illness.