American University officials say they have been notified of an additional case of mumps by the DC Health Department (DC DOH), bringing the total to seven.
The new suspected case is a student who resides in Leonard Hall and has been isolated.
Of the seven Mumps cases reported, two cases now have laboratory confirmation of the diagnosis (five are classified as probable diagnoses). So far, all affected students have been contacted by DC DOH and were or are being isolated for the recommended five days after their initial symptoms develop.
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According to the DOH, “Mumps spreads from person to person via droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person …” We recommend that people take precautions and avoid kissing, sharing drinks or eating utensils. As with many infectious illnesses, frequent hand washing is also an important way to protect yourself because the virus may also be spread indirectly when a person touches items or surfaces without washing their hands and then someone else touches the same surface and rubs their mouth or nose. The virus typically goes away on its own, however, and patients fully recover.
In Syracuse, NY, officials with SU Health Services report the number of confirmed and probable mumps cases are 39 and 77, respectively, as of Nov. 9.
A third dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), the “outbreak dose” was offered to students all week free of charge.
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