Fordham University reportedly has ten students diagnosed with mumps. All of the infected students have either been isolated from others or sent home. Probably the strangest thing about there being a mumps outbreak in 2014 is the fact that every diagnosed student has been vaccinated for the virus.
According to ABC News:
“All the students with suspected mumps infections have either returned home or have been isolated from other residents during the infectious phase of the illness.
– All Fordham students are required to have full vaccinations before attending the University, including the vaccination for mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR).
– All of the students who were tentatively diagnosed with mumps had been vaccinated. Vaccinations do not offer 100 percent protection, however, vaccination is still strongly recommended.
– Typically mumps patients are contagious for two days prior to the outbreak of symptoms and five days after.”
Yiiiiikes. Mumps are serious business and contagious within two days of being infected. Symptoms include, “fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen and tender salivary glands.” There is nothing worse than an outbreak on a college campus. So many people in close quarters, sharing spaces, sharing showers, touching each other, that sounds like a virus’ dream.