Important Information Regarding Mumps at UB

Published March 18, 2016 at 2:30 PM

The Erie County Department of Health has confirmed cases of the mumps virus among a small number of UB students living off campus.

Mumps is an acute viral illness characterized by fever, swelling and tenderness of salivary glands located just below the front of the ear, appearing 12-25 days following exposure.  Mumps is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions through coughing or sneezing by an infected individual.

Most persons in the community are immune to mumps.  Persons are considered immune if they have:

  • Received two doses of mumps-containing vaccine (mumps vaccine or MMR).
  • Had the mumps.
  • Been born before 1957.
  • Have shown positive serology results (blood titer is positive for immunity against mumps).

If you do not fall into one of these categories, the Erie County Department of Health is recommending an additional mumps vaccination (available as a MMR).