There are currently no known cases of mumps at AU.
A message from the CDC:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had recorded roughly 5600 cases of mumps in the United States during 2017. Although mumps cases have seen a sharp decline since the CDC began recommending a two-dose mumps vaccine prevention plan in 1988, outbreaks are still prevalent and can occur any time of the year.
According to the CDC a major factor contributing to outbreaks is being in a crowded environment, such as attending the same class, playing on the same sports team, or sharing a living space with a person who has mumps. Also, certain behaviors that result in exchanging saliva, such as kissing or sharing utensils, cups, lipstick or cigarettes, might increase spread of the virus.
The MMR vaccine prevents most, but not all cases of mumps and complications caused by the disease. Two doses of vaccine are 88% effective at protecting against mumps; one dose is 78% effective. The MMR vaccine protects against currently circulating mumps strains. Outbreaks can still occur in highly vaccinated U.S. communities, paticularly in close-contact settings. In recent years, outbreaks have occured in schools, colleges, and camps. However, high vaccination coverage helps limit the size, duration, and spread of mumps outbreaks.
Key to Mumps Prevention
- Check That You Are Fully Immunized to Mumps
- Practice Proper Hand and Respiratroy Hygiene
- Recognize Symptoms
Additional Information about the Mumps virus
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Mumps: Questions and Answers (Immunization Action Coalition)
- Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)