In a follow-up to the mumps situation at the State University of New York at Geneseo, or SUNY Geneseo, student health officials report two additional cases, bringing the total confirmed case count to 19.

Image/SUNY Geneseo Twitter page
Image/SUNY Geneseo Twitter page

A dozen cases were reported in students off-campus, with the remainder reported on-campus.

All confirmed cases of the mumps at SUNY Geneseo affected students who had received the recommended two measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine doses.

In addition, the Geneseo Central Schools have reported one mumps case at Geneseo Central School. According to Geneseo Central Superintendent Tim Hayes:

There has been a reported case of mumps at Geneseo Central School. Mumps is a virus that causes painful swelling of one or more salivary glands, a low-grade fever, and headache. Some people with mumps infection have very little or no gland swelling. Mumps can cause swollen testicles in some teenage and adult males.

Mumps is spread by droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person, usually when the person coughs, sneezes or talks. Items used by an infected person, such as cups or soft drink cans, can also be contaminated with the virus, which may spread to others if those items are shared.

Symptoms typically appear 16-18 days after infection, but this period can range from 12-25 days after infection. It is usually a mild disease, but can occasionally cause serious complications.

Nationally, more than 5,000 mumps cases have been reported through Dec. 17, the highest number in a decade.