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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.