A mumps outbreak might have struck the Fordham University campus this week after at least 13 students have caught what looks to be the mumps. School and health officials say that a number of students have come to the college’s medical center displaying disease-like symptoms including swollen glands and aching bodies. UPI News reports this Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, that the mumps are highly contagious, and can easily be spread to others for some time both before and after initial symptoms of the disease appear.
Although it has not been confirmed to be this particular disease, health officials feel a mumps outbreak is the likely cause for these 13 or more students getting sick due to their similar warning signs recently. These college kids have been put into quarantine at Fordham University in New York City for the time being.
According to the report, 12 of the potential mumps cases occurred at the Fordham’s main campus — located in the Bronx — while a 13th was cited in mid-town Manhattan at the Lincoln Center campus. Although some of the sick students came forward earlier in the week, five of the cases were officially reported this Thursday afternoon.
A Fordham employee revealed to a state newspaper that all 13 of the students potentially afflicted in the bumps outbreak lived in local dormitories. Health officials and school authorities have confirmed that each sick student has been either isolated in quarantine or sent home for family care. Mumps, a disease often signified by painful body aches and swollen glands around the jaw and neck, can affect people for days to weeks. Those with mumps can possibly infect people around them for two days even before physical symptoms appear, and a total of five days after they have gone.
Although Fordham University mandates that all incoming students must be properly vaccinated for the mumps and other known infection diseases — in order to prevent a possible mumps outbreak like this one — students are still susceptible due to being in close quarters often, say health experts.
"Mumps in college-age men and women usually runs its course without any lasting effects," the New York school said in an official statement this week. "Nonetheless, the University is trying to see what connection there might be among the affected students while stepping up the frequency and intensity of cleanings in communal bathrooms."