By Paola Figueroa SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) — Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta confirmed that there are currently 13 confirmed cases of the mumps at Syracuse University. All of the cases are Syracuse students, and all had been vaccinated. There are also currently 5 probable cases and 10 suspected cases.
All students confirmed, probable or suspected have been quarantined and will only be released once they are no longer contagious. The mumps virus is contagious 2-3 days before a person starts showing symptoms and 5 days after they have began to show symptoms.
These symptoms can be:
- Low-Grade Fever
- Swelling and tendering of one or more of the salivary glands
- Loss of appetite
The best way to prevent the spread of mumps is to:
- Get vaccinated
- Wash your hands
- Sanitize your belongings
- Do not share food or liquids
The majority of Syracuse University’s cases are from the men and women’s lacrosse team. Senior Vice President of Enrollment and the Student Experience, Dolan Evanovich said, “Men’s and women’s lacrosse have effectively been shut down. So they’re not allowed into any of the athletic sports weight rooms, study rooms. They’re doing all of that electronically.” Junior men’s lacrosse attack-men, Bradley Voigt, has experienced these restrictions first hand.
After being diagnosed this past Sunday he has been quarantined at the Syracuse University Sheraton for 3 days. He says, “I think they’re doing the right thing, we’re not allowed in the locker rooms. They told us don’t hang out in big groups as much as we can and don’t go out.” But the alienation definitely has been a change for Voigt. “All the room service, they put it right outside my door. I haven’t talk to anyone in about a week,” he said.
These precautions are taken after a person has been suspected or confirmed of having the virus, but Dr. Gupta says the best way to help stop the outbreak is becoming aware of it. She says, “There are more students coming to the health center, parents are being concerned, which is a good sign that there is awareness. And that is what we want. When there are people more aware, more informed that’s how we control any outbreak.”
For more information on the mumps visit www.cdc.gov/mumps