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Four mumps cases confirmed, 2 probable cases identified at UNH, officials say – WMUR Manchester

MIKE: WHILE THE VIRUS IS CONTAGIOUS, THE SCHOOL SAY IT’S CONFINED TO A GROUP OF STUDENTS KNOW EACH OTHER WELL AND THE RISK TO CAMPUS IS LOW. OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS, THERE HAVE BEEN FOUR CONFIRMED CASES, AND TWO PROBABLE CASES OF MUMPS AT UNH. SYMPTOMS OF MUMPS INCLUDE SWOLLEN SALIVARY GLANDS, FEVER, AND MUSCLE ACHE. IT’S SPREAD BY CLOSE CONTACT THROUGH SHARING OF CUPS, UTENSILS, KISSING. THE MMR VACCINE IS MOSTLY EFFECTIVE AT PREVENTING IT, BUT ALL SIX OF THESE STUDENTS WERE VACCINATED. HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY IT’S — ITS EFFECTIVENESS DECREASES OVER TIME WHICH HAS LED TO NATIONAL OUTBREAKS IN RECENT YEARS AT COLLEGES. MOST PATIENTS RECOVER IN ONE TO TWO WEEKS. >> THERE IS NOT BROADER COMMUNITY OR CAMPUS-WHWIDE TRANSMISSION OR INFECTION IDENTIFIED AT THIS POINT. SO WE’RE WORKING WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE TO IDENTIFY CLOSE CONTACTS TO THESE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH MUMPS. MIKE: RIGHT NOW, HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE RECOMMENDING A THIRD DOSE OF THE MMR VACCINE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE HAD CLOSE CONTACT WITH IMPACTED STUDENTS. UNH SAYS THAT INCLUDES MEMBE

Four mumps cases confirmed, 2 probable cases identified at UNH, officials say

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Four cases of the mumps have been confirmed at the University of New Hampshire over the past two weeks, state health officials said Friday.>> Download the FREE WMUR appTwo other probable cases of mumps infections in students have also been identified, officials said. The six students are close contacts of each other and there’s no sign of a wider outbreak on campus, officials said.”There is not broader community or campus-wide transmission or infection identified at this point,” said Dr. Benjamin Chan, the state epidemiologist. “So we’re working with the University of New Hampshire to identify close contacts to these people that have been diagnosed with mumps.”Health officials said all the students had been vaccinated, but it’s still possible for some vaccinated people to develop the mumps, and there is evidence that the vaccine’s effectiveness can decline over time. A third dose of the vaccine has been shown to increase immunity, and health officials said they’re making the vaccine available to some other students who have contact with the infected students.Mumps is an acute viral infection typically characterized by swelling and tenderness of one or more salivary glands, officials said. It can also cause fever, headache, muscle soreness and malaise.Most people have mild symptoms and recover within a few weeks, but some people develop more serious symptoms, including meningitis, encephalitis or deafness.Mumps is spread through respiratory droplets, and infected individuals are most infectious from two days before symptom onset until five days after. The virus will usually incubate in an exposed person for 16 to 18 days, but the incubation period can range from 12 to 25 days, health officials said.Last year, there were more than 3,400 mumps infections in the United States, and health officials said the number of mumps outbreaks has been increasing nationally since 2012.

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Four cases of the mumps have been confirmed at the University of New Hampshire over the past two weeks, state health officials said Friday.

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Two other probable cases of mumps infections in students have also been identified, officials said. The six students are close contacts of each other and there’s no sign of a wider outbreak on campus, officials said.

“There is not broader community or campus-wide transmission or infection identified at this point,” said Dr. Benjamin Chan, the state epidemiologist. “So we’re working with the University of New Hampshire to identify close contacts to these people that have been diagnosed with mumps.”

Health officials said all the students had been vaccinated, but it’s still possible for some vaccinated people to develop the mumps, and there is evidence that the vaccine’s effectiveness can decline over time. A third dose of the vaccine has been shown to increase immunity, and health officials said they’re making the vaccine available to some other students who have contact with the infected students.

Mumps is an acute viral infection typically characterized by swelling and tenderness of one or more salivary glands, officials said. It can also cause fever, headache, muscle soreness and malaise.

Most people have mild symptoms and recover within a few weeks, but some people develop more serious symptoms, including meningitis, encephalitis or deafness.

Mumps is spread through respiratory droplets, and infected individuals are most infectious from two days before symptom onset until five days after. The virus will usually incubate in an exposed person for 16 to 18 days, but the incubation period can range from 12 to 25 days, health officials said.

Last year, there were more than 3,400 mumps infections in the United States, and health officials said the number of mumps outbreaks has been increasing nationally since 2012.

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