Dear UW- Platteville Student, Faculty or Staff:

As of today, November 23, 2015, there are 15 confirmed cases of mumps that have been identified in individuals who attend the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Across the state, 33 confirmed cases of mumps have been reported in 2015.

Student Health Services is working closely with the Grant County Health Department to follow up these cases and investigate close contacts of the cases. To stay healthy and prevent spreading the illness as you travel or leave campus for the Thanksgiving holiday, the following measures are strongly recommended:

1. Check your immunization records. Check your immunization records to make sure you have had two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Vaccination with two doses of the MMR vaccine is the safest and most effective way to prevent up to 95% of mumps infections for young adults. Individuals born before 1957 are likely to have had mumps disease as a child and are not generally considered to need vaccination. You can access your immunization records at the Public Immunization Record Access portal of the Wisconsin Immunization Registry. Faculty and staff who have not been vaccinated should visit their private health care provider or pharmacy. Students can get vaccinated at no cost at the Grant County Health Department and should call (608) 723-6416 to make an appointment.

2. Follow these preventive actions. Mumps is spread from an infected person through coughing, sneezing, or talking or through contact with saliva; so wash your hands regularly with soap and water, sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow and avoid sharing drinks, food and utensils.

3. Watch for symptoms, even if you have been vaccinated. Early symptoms usually begin 16 to 18 days after exposure and may include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and respiratory symptoms (e.g. nasal congestion, cough). Swelling of the cheek and jaw area (salivary glands) is a classic symptom of mumps and may first be noted as earache or tenderness at the jaw line. Sometimes mumps can cause tenderness or swelling of the testicles. In some cases, mumps infection can result in complications that can be severe and result in hospitalization. Students who experience symptoms should immediately call Student Health Services, (608) 342-1891, or their private health care provider if away from campus, for evaluation. Do not wait until swelling of the salivary gland is present before seeking care, particularly if you have been told you are a contact to someone diagnosed with mumps.

4. Stay home if you are sick. Anyone suspected of having mumps is expected to stay home from school, work, or similar activities for five days after onset of parotitis (swelling of the salivary glands). This means don’t attend class or labs, go to work, or socialize with others during this five-day period and don’t use public transportation. Mouth and nose should be covered during any sneezing or coughing, and hands should be washed frequently.

Additional information on mumps is available from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Information as is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information or questions, contact Student Health Services at (608) 342-1891 or the Grant County Health Department at (608) 723-6416.