A student at San Diego State University was diagnosed with mumps, prompting the university to send a campus-wide e-mail warning about the infectious disease case.
Cory Marshall, interim director of media relations at SDSU, NBC 7 said the only case of Mumps involved an SDSU student living off campus. The student was diagnosed by her personal doctor on March 21st.
Marshall said the university was told on March 28 of the student's diagnosis when her parent called Student Health Services to report the case. On Friday afternoon, Marshall said the student "is well and is no longer infectious."
The University has no confirmed cases of mumps at this time.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. The first symptoms are fever that lasts for several days, followed by headaches, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite. Afterwards, usually within 48 hours, most people who are diagnosed with mumps suffer swelling of their salivary glands, resulting in swollen cheeks and a tender, swollen jaw.
According to CDC, mumps can be prevented with the MMR vaccine, which also protects against measles and rubella. The agency recommends that children receive two doses of the MMR vaccine: aged 1
The CDC said that the US Mumps vaccination program began in 1967 and since the mumps cases in the United States have declined by 99 percent. Nonetheless, the agency points out that outbreaks could occur, "especially in environments where people have close and prolonged contact, such as universities and close communities."
It is not known whether the student diagnosed with Mump violates the The email sent by SDSU to the students was posted Friday by Cynthia Cornelius, MD, MPH, Medical Director of SDSU Student Health Services.
"Mumps is an infectious viral disease that can be prevented primarily by vaccination" E-mail reading, in part.
The note also described how mumps spread: through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose and throat.
"A person carrying the virus can infect other people by coughing, sneezing, and sharing articles such as water bottles, utensils, and food," added Cornelius.
All students or faculties who had symptoms of mumps, were urged by Cornelius to "isolate themselves as soon as possible and see a doctor. Students can contact Student Health Services at (619) 594-4325; the office is open from 2 to 5 April – during the spring break at the University – in case students can also attend from Monday to June Call Fridays at 16:30, call (858) 225-3105 (858) 225-3105, and on weekends when the SDSU is closed, members and staff of the SDSU Faculty can contact the University's Employee Assistance Program or call (800) 342-8111!