University of Dayton officials have confirmed a total of six cases of mumps on campus, according to a letter sent from the university’s president to students and staff.

Officials: 7 mumps cases on UD campus

UPDATE @ 9:25 a.m. (April 26):

Officials will be providing an additional vacination period at the RecPlex on campus today from 1 to 3 p.m. for students, faculty and staff.

UPDATE @ 4:27 p.m. (April 25):

A seventh confirmed case of mumps has been reported at the University of Dayton, officials said.

UPDATE @ 12:15 p.m. (April 25):

University of Dayton officials have confirmed a total of six cases of mumps on campus, according to a letter sent from the university’s president to students and staff.

The university said it’s working with public health officials and notifying the campus community out of an abundance of caution.

The University Student Health Center is providing free MMR vaccines for students 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays by appointment until May 6.

Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County will also provide vaccines for students, faculty and staff from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday at the RecPlex on campus.

Students suspecting they have mumps or symptoms should call the Student Health Center. Faculty and staff suspecting they have mumps or symptoms should call their doctor for an appointment for evaluation, the university said in the statement.

UPDATE @ 12:07 p.m. (April 19):

Two University of Dayton students will stay out of class until health officials determine whether the students contracted mumps, while two others are no longer contagious, according to the school’s medical director.

It could take several days to determine if the two students undergoing testing have contracted the disease, UD Student Health Center Medical Director Dr. Mary Buchwalder said Tuesday.

“There are two students that are currently being tested who have symptoms that are possible,” Buchwalder said.

UD tested the first two student cases two weeks ago and received the positive results Monday, officials said. By then, the two students were no longer symptomatic.

The cases appear to be unrelated, Buchwalder said.

INITIAL REPORT:

University of Dayton officials confirmed tonight that two students contracted mumps in recent weeks, but are no longer contagious. Testing is being done on two suspected cases, officials said in a prepared release and those test results should take about a week.

In the statement, attributed to William M. Fischer, J.D., vice president for student development, “We are notifying the university out of an abundance of caution and to help prevent the spread of mumps and other illnesses around campus heading into finals week. The university also has notified the health department.”

Students who suspect they might have mumps should contact the Student Health Center to be evaluated. If mumps is suspected, those students will be asked to isolate themselves for five days. The Office of Housing and Residence Life will provide accommodations for those students.

Students may be excused from class by the provost’s office only after they have been evaluated by and receive a note from the Student Health Center.

Mumps is an airborne virus, Fischer said in the statement, so everyone is encourages to frequently wash their hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and discourage sharing cups and utensils. Treatment is to provide relief for the symptoms, which should disappear in about a week.

Students who experience swelling of the salivary glands or lymph nodes in the neck, fever, headaches, muscle aches, fatigue or loss of appetite, are being asked to call the Student Health Center to be evaluaed.

“We want to stress the chance of acquiring mumps is low for students who have been immunized against the disease,” Fischer said in the statement.

According to the university, all incoming students born after 1956 are required to have received two MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines. Students who have refused vaccination for a non-medical reason can reduce their risk of illness by receiving the vaccine, according to the university.

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