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NH Department of Health and Human Services Officials Remind Residents to Take Precautions against Mumps after Cases Identified Related to UNH
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Bureau of Infectious Disease Control
Publish Date:
October 25, 2016

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is reminding residents, especially those with a connection to the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham, to take precautions against the transmission of mumps after three cases were identified with a link to the University.

“We are asking the University community to be aware of the potential for mumps to be circulating on the campus and seek medical care if they develop symptoms,” said Dr. Benjamin Chan, State Epidemiologist. “While most individuals who get mumps will only have a mild illness and fully recover within a few weeks, we want to prevent mumps from spreading because it can cause serious health complications.”

Mumps can spread easily, especially among college-age students. There has been an increase in mumps cases nationally with many of these cases occurring in college and university communities. The best protection against mumps is vaccination. DHHS is recommending two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine for all school-age children. A second dose of MMR is recommended for students in college settings who have not already received two doses. UNH has a requirement for students to be vaccinated with the MMR vaccine as a condition of enrollment.

Mumps is an acute viral infection of the salivary glands. Symptoms include swelling and tenderness of the cheeks, usually preceded by fever, headache and muscle aches. Mumps infection can also lead to more serious health complications such as testicular infection and inflammation, meningitis, and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). Transmission occurs through sneezing, coughing, contact with saliva (through sharing of utensils, towels, kissing, sharing cigarettes and drinks, etc.), or from contact with surfaces that have become contaminated with the mumps virus. The incubation period is 16–18 days, and individuals are considered most infectious from 2 days prior through 5 days after the onset of symptoms.

UNH students concerned that they may have symptoms of mumps or would like to receive the MMR vaccine can contact UNH Health Services for information or an appointment at (603) 862-2856; or they can contact their primary care provider.

Suspected or confirmed cases of mumps by statute must be reported to the DHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496 (after hours at 603-271-5300).

From 2011–2015 there were 5 reported cases of mumps in New Hampshire, and there have been 9 reported cases so far this year. For more information about mumps, visit www.cdc.gov/mumps.

 
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