On Friday, Appalachian District Health Department and Appalachian State University confirmed one case of mumps in an Appalachian State University student.
The individual diagnosed with the virus is being treated, and actions are in effect to minimize contact with this person, per guidelines established by the State of North Carolina and the Centers for Disease Control.
Appalachian State University, AppHealthCare and the North Carolina Division of Public Health are working together to investigate this case and prevent the spread of mumps.
Dr. Robert Ellison, director of Appalachian State Unversity’s Student Health Service stated, “Appalachian State University is working in close partnership with AppHealthCare and the North Carolina Division of Public Health to investigate this case and prevent the spread of mumps. We want to reassure our campus and community that this virus is spread through close contact like kissing, drinking after someone else, coughing or sneezing. The ill student has been cooperative in staying home while ill as we have instructed.”
Public Health Director for AppHealthCare Beth Lovette commented, “We appreciate the partnership with Appalachian State University in our collaborative efforts to help address this single mumps case and take necessary steps to reduce the potential spread of disease to others. It is a good reminder for all of us that the best prevention is to be fully immunized. While there is a vaccine to protect against this disease, usually given as part of the mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, its effectiveness can wane over time. The recommended two doses of the vaccine provide approximately 88 percent protection against infection. A single dose of the vaccine provides approximately 78 percent protection, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Together, we are continuing to monitor this situation closely in consultation with the North Carolina Division of Public Health Communicable Disease team.”
Below is information regarding mumps exposure, in order for community members to be informed about symptoms. Members of the community are encouraged to promptly report suspected mumps cases to their primary care physicians.
Those exhibiting any of the symptoms listed below should take precautionary steps to limit contact with others.