Lab results from the suspected mumps outbreak came back negative, according to an ESU email. The suspected case was originally reported on Friday, April 12.
However, due to recent outbreaks in Philadelphia and New York, ESU is encouraging
Dr. Doreen Tobin, vice president of Student Affairs said that the idea of the emails that began last Friday
Tobin stressed that there was no cause for panic at this
There is a plan in place in case there would be an outbreak of the mumps on campus, with a clinic that will set up on campus the week of April 22, and a web page with necessary information and FAQs can be found at www.esu.edu/mumps. Details on the clinic will be forthcoming over the next few days, along with a link to register.
Additionally, students can receive vaccines in East Stroudsburg at Walmart located at 355 Lincoln Ave. for $87.88 or
According to the Center for Disease Control’s website, symptoms for mumps present 16-18 days after exposure, but the period can range from 12-25 days.
These symptoms are: fever, headaches, feeling lethargic, appetite loss, swelling in the cheeks, and one’s jaw feeling tender or extremely sore. Depending on the severity of the case, these symptoms can be mild and present
Although vaccination does greatly decrease the chances of a person contracting the mumps, no vaccine is 100% effective.
Mumps is primarily spread through saliva, and as Dr. Abdalla Aldras, ESU biology professor explained, the disease primarily occurs in places where people are consistently in close contact with one another, such as university campuses. Mumps can be spread through sharing drinks, sharing food, touching one’s mouth then another surface, and kissing.
Those students who are immunocompromised need to take particular precautions during a potential outbreak.
Aldras explained that the vaccine is “a weakened, attenuated version of the virus” and for those with healthy immune systems, this is no problem, but those with compromised immune systems, the vaccine can cause more harm than good.
In another campus-wide update issued Tuesday, April 16, the university advised students to “wash hands frequently and effectively” and to “cover mouths when coughing and sneezing.”
There is no treatment of mumps once contracted, only management of the symptoms to alleviate pain and swelling, according to the CDC.
If a person does exhibit symptoms, the most important action for the individual to take is to isolate themselves from other people as much as possible for five days after the onset of the virus, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Students who have additional questions or believe they may have symptoms are encouraged to contact Amy Freeman, director of health and wellness at (570) 422-3804.
Additional information can also be found at www.cdc.gov/mumps or www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mumps.
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