Wednesday March 15, 2017

Mumps at the University of Dayton

Editor's Note: This was posted originally on Feb. 23. The number will be updated as needed.

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

The University of Dayton has confirmed four students with mumps. They isolated themselves for the recommended five days, no longer have symptoms and have returned to normal activity.

We are notifying the University out of an abundance of caution and to help prevent the spread of mumps and other illnesses around campus. The University also has notified the health department.

Anyone suspecting they have mumps should contact the Student Health Center (9-3131) or their primary care physician to be evaluated. If mumps is suspected, patients will be asked to isolate themselves for five days. The Department of Housing and Residence Life (9-3317) will provide accommodations for students. Students may be excused from class by the provost's office only after they have been evaluated by and receive a note from the Student Health Center.

Mumps is an airborne virus, so we encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and discourage sharing cups and utensils. Treatment is to provide relief for the symptoms, which should disappear in about a week.

We also are encouraging anyone who can to receive two doses of the MMR vaccine. We are providing free MMR vaccines for students, by appointment in our Student Health Center. Vaccines also are available at area pharmacies and the health department, free or discounted with most health insurance. If you receive the MMR vaccination off campus, we ask you to provide documentation to the Student Health Center.

If you experience swelling of the salivary glands or lymph nodes in the neck, fever, headaches, muscle aches, fatigue or loss of appetite, please call the Student Health Center or your primary care physician for an appointment for evaluation. We want to stress the chance of acquiring mumps is low for students who have been immunized against the disease. If you see a physician outside the University's Student Health Center and are suspected of having mumps, please let the University Student Health Center know.

All incoming students born after 1956 are required to have received two MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines.  Students who have refused vaccination for a non-medical reason can reduce their risk of illness by receiving the vaccine.

You can read more about mumps on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and the University's mumps information page.

Students with additional questions or concerns can call or text the Office of Student Development at 937-751-2000 or email studentdevelopment@udayton.edu. Faculty and staff with additional questions or concerns can contact the Office of Human Resources at 937-229-2538.

Sincerely,

William M. Fischer, J.D.
Vice President for Student Development

Mary Buchwalder, M.D.
Medical Director, Health Center

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