In a follow-up to the mumps outbreak at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz, school health officials report two additional confirmed cases, bringing the outbreak total to 15.
The mumps outbreak on campus has prompted the New York State Health Department and the Ulster County Health Department to advise the SUNY New Paltz swim team will not compete against other colleges and universities for the remainder of the semester.
Mumps is caused by a respiratory virus, whose symptoms include painful swelling of the salivary glands near the ears and under the jaw, which can occur on one or both sides of the face. This swelling may be associated with other non-specific symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and decreased appetite.
The transmission of mumps is through close contact, sharing of utensils, drinking glasses, and saliva contact (kissing). Washing hands is recommended per the Centers for Disease Control. Out of an abundance of caution, the campus has enhanced its cleaning efforts in affected areas including the Athletic and Wellness Center, Lenape, Gage and Bouton residence halls.