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	*Office of the Vice Provost
for Student Affairs
*

	February 9, 2018


To:         UVM Community

From:     Annie Stevens, Vice Provost for Student Affairs
                Michelle Paavola, Acting Director, Student Health Services

Re:         Potential Mumps Cases at UVM

We are awaiting Vermont Department of Health lab results for five 
possible Mumps cases involving undergraduate students.

As a precaution, UVM is taking steps to isolate the affected students in 
their rooms in the Living/Learning Complex. Students must remain 
isolated in their rooms for five days after the onset of swollen 
salivary glands. Students are strongly encouraged to avoid sharing 
items, such as cups or eating utensils, with others, and touching 
objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others. 
The virus also may spread through coughing, sneezing, or talking in 
close proximity. The MMR vaccine prevents most, but not all, cases of 
mumps and complications caused by the disease.

Students who are concerned about symptoms they are experiencing should 
contact Student Health Services at 802-656-3350, especially if they are 
experiencing swollen and tender salivary glands. Student Health Services 
will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and it will re-open for 
regular weekday hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday) on Monday. The 
On-call Service will handle calls after hours. Residential Life staff 
will support students within the residence halls as necessary.

Faculty and staff should see their health care provider if they are 
experiencing symptoms.

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus that affects the 
salivary glands. The most common symptoms include fever, headache, 
muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen and tender 
salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides. Some people who get 
mumps have very mild or no symptoms, and often they do not know they 
have the disease.

While most people with Mumps recover completely in a few weeks, 
according to the CDC, Mumps can occasionally cause complications, 
especially in adults.

According to the CDC, Mumps outbreaks can still occur in highly 
vaccinated U.S. communities, particularly in close-contact settings. 
However, high vaccination coverage helps limit the size, duration, and 
spread of mumps outbreaks. UVM's best practice requires proof of MMR 
vaccination for enrolling undergraduate students.

In the event lab results confirm Mumps cases, more information about 
additional steps for self-care and additional strategies we will take to 
limit the spread of the virus will follow.