Important information from UB's Student Health Services regarding mumps at UB

Published March 11, 2016 at 10:20 PM

As a precaution, we are writing to notify you that there has been a student identified with mumps here at UB.

The mumps virus can be spread by an infected person coughing or sneezing and releasing tiny droplets of contaminated saliva.  Mumps can also be spread by sharing eating utensils and cups with an infected person.  After coming in contact with the mumps virus, it takes 12-25 days before symptoms appear.  Mumps can be spread for two days before and five days after symptoms begin.  The symptoms most commonly include swollen glands under one or both ears, fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and lack of appetite.

Even if you have been fully vaccinated, we recommend that you minimize your contact with others for 5 days if you are experiencing mumps-like symptoms.  This may require that you do not attend work, sports activities or other gatherings.  Please contact your primary care medical provider for guidance and care.  If one of your students feels ill and needs guidance, please have them contact UB's Student Health Services.

At UB, your health and well-being are important to us and we will make every effort to take the steps necessary to protect our campus community.  The local health department in partnership with UB Student Health Services are currently contacting individuals who may be more directly affected.  More information on mumps is available on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website.  You can also visit the Student Health Services website to view frequently asked questions about the mumps virus.


Susan Snyder

Susan M. Snyder
Director, Student Health Services
University at Buffalo