By Mac Konrad, SYRACUSE, N.Y.- Syracuse University is scrambling to contain a recent mumps outbreak on campus. There are currently 13 confirmed cases of students with mumps and another handful of probable cases, according to the Onondaga County Health Department.
There are also a number of suspected cases, which the Health Department said was changing from day-to-day. On Wednesday, there were 10 suspected cases.
Karen Nardella, medical director of SU Health Services, was adamant that the university was successfully containing the outbreak.
“We’ve implemented a cross-functional team all across campus that’s working swiftly and deliberately to control the situation,” Nardella said.
The Health Department confirmed reports of the outbreak starting within the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams at SU. Health Department Commissioner Doctor Indu Gupta said recently the disease had spread to other individuals within the athletic department.
A student athlete who did not want to give their name said one of the athletic trainers for SU had been diagnosed with mumps recently. Additionally, the student said athletes are being encouraged not to train at the athletic buildings. SU Athletics could not be reached for comment.
Gupta urged students to be conscious not to spread the disease, which can happen when bodily fluids like saliva are shared. She also urged responsibility among students heading into the weekend.
“Drinking games and all those things, we said no… those things can wait,” Gupta said.