San Diego County health officials have reported another local university with a student confirmed positive for mumps. A San Diego State University (SDSU) student was recently confirmed positive for the viral infection after exposure to another student who had been ill and likely also had mumps.
The two students are housemates living off campus and were up-to-date with mumps vaccinations. The students were not hospitalized and have recovered.
It is not known where the first student who became ill was exposed to mumps, but there is no apparent connection to the recent mumps cases reported at California State University San Marcos or San Diego Christian College.
“SDSU is working closely with the County to inform the university community about the symptoms of mumps and vaccine recommendations,” said Sayone Thihalolipavan, M.D., M.P.H., County deputy public health officer. “These unrelated cases at campuses in the county mean that mumps may be present in the community, which is why we encourage that everyone be up-to-date with measles, mumps and rubella immunizations.”
Nineteen mumps cases have been reported in San Diego County so far this year. This compares to three or fewer mumps cases noted annually in recent years.
Through Oct. 15, 2,570 mumps cases have been reported nationwide in 45 states and the District of Columbia.