Yale University in New Haven is cautioning the public after discovering two cases of mumps on campus. One student is an undergrad living on campus, and the other is a graduate student living off campus.
Several colleges throughout the US have reported the outbreaks recently, including Harvard and Sacred Heart University in Connecticut.
More than 90 percent of Yale students have gotten the mumps vaccine. However, it is still feasible for students or other individuals on campus to get the disease.
The CDC says mumps is a contagious illness brought on by a virus. It commonly starts with a fever lasting a few days, muscle aches, headaches, fatigue, and loss of appetite, followed by swollen glands. Visible signs include sore and swollen cheeks.
The vast majority with this disease entirely recover in a few weeks. However, at times it can cause serious complications in adults. Treatment requires rest, liquids, and over-the-counter medication to lower fever and discomfort. Because mumps are brought on by a virus, antibiotics are not a treatment option.
Those with mumps can spread the infection up to two days before and five days after symptoms develop. So, those with the infection can spread it before they even feel sick. Symptoms appear 16-18 days after infection but can range from 12-25 days after infection.
Students who have mumps or symptoms are asked to go home if they live near New Haven, or if their parent is able to pick them up.
Students unable to go home will be cared for at Yale Health until they are not contagious. Staff with symptoms should meet with their health care providers and not come to work.