Campus Health Advisory

  • Date: May 3, 2017
  • Author: NMC Public Relations

A case of mumps has been confirmed at Nebraska Methodist College. The potential exposure occurred on 4/20/2017 and 4/21/2017. While no one diagnosed with mumps remains contagious, the possibility of more cases in the coming weeks does exist. Campus Health Center staff members are working closely with Douglas County Health officials as well as experts in infection prevention within Nebraska Methodist Hospital and Methodist Physicians Clinic. 

The MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine is highly effective in preventing mumps. Proof of MMR vaccine is required for registration and employment at Nebraska Methodist College, so the Campus Health Center feels confident the college community is well protected.  

At the current time, additional vaccinations for the Nebraska Methodist College community have not been recommended. We will keep the campus updated as new information or new recommendations become available. There are no medications that can prevent the spread of mumps on the campus.  You can protect yourself by not sharing drinks or eating utensils and by washing your hands frequently.

Students, faculty, or staff who become ill and develop swollen or painful salivary glands under the ears or jaw or on the cheeks should schedule a same-day appointment with the Campus Health Center by calling (402) 354-7211.  We will continue to update you as needed. 

Mumps is a viral illness whose early symptoms typically include fever, headache, and fatigue followed by swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw and on the cheeks. The symptoms typically appear 12-25 days after exposure.  Most people with mumps make a full recovery after a few weeks. Return to school or work is allowed after five days of isolation (dated from the first date of the swelling). Some people have such a mild illness they don't even know they are infected with the mumps virus.

Mumps is spread just like other common viruses-through saliva or mucous from the mouth, nose, or throat. An infected person can therefore transmit the infection by coughing, sneezing, sharing items such as cups or beverages, intimate contact, or by touching surfaces with unwashed hands.

Use the link below for more information.  http://www.douglascountyhealth.com/disease-a-immunization/mumps.

For further inqueries, please contact Claudia Bohn, MHS Director of Public Relations/Communications at 402-354-6818 or claudia.bohn@nmhs.org

*** UPDATE ***

There have been four additional cases that presented with symptoms of the mumps at Nebraska Methodist College, however laboratory results were negative. There has been no risk of public exposures.

Since the illness was initially reported, Nebraska Methodist College and Methodist Health System have taken an abundance of caution in dealing with the situation. Methodist and the Douglas County Health Department have been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to confirm we are taking the best approach.