University at Albany
 

Health Advisories

 

Update from 4/28/17 is here

 

To the UAlbany Community: 
Student Health Services has been notified by the Albany County Department of Health (ACDOH) of three confirmed cases of mumps in UAlbany students. These individuals have sought and received appropriate medical care and are currently isolated from the campus population until they are no longer contagious. 

Mumps is a vaccine-preventable viral infection spread through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite, swollen or tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw on one or both sides of the face. Please find a fact sheet from NYSDOH here

It is essential for students to determine whether they are protected from mumps based on the following recommendations:

  • Individuals born after 1957 who have not received any doses or mumps-containing vaccine should receive vaccine as soon as possible. 
  • Two doses of Mumps vaccination provides the best protection. Therefore we recommend those who have received only one dose receive a second dose.
  • If you have symptoms consistent with mumps, call your healthcare provider and inform him/her that you are symptomatic and may have been exposed to mumps. The ACDOH can assist healthcare providers with testing for mumps.

Individuals who have not provided proof of one previous valid mumps vaccination or immunity to mumps, or individuals who can not or will not receive vaccine will be required to be excluded from campus including campus housing, classes, and co-curricular activities for 26 days after the last case is diagnosed. Currently, exclusion is through May 20, 2017, but is subject to change.

Prevention tips include:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer 
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you sneeze or cough
  • Do not share drinks, food, utensils, or any personal items that come in contact with saliva

If you have additional questions, contact Student Health Services at 518-442-5454 or the Albany County Department of Health at 518-447-4640.

I will keep you updated on any new developments.

Sincerely,

Rebecca Kobos, MD
Medical Director
UAlbany Student Health Services