Published On: Tue, May 7th, 2013

Georgetown undergraduate diagnosed with mumps

Georgetown University has informed the university community today that an undergraduate student has been diagnosed with the viral disease, mumps, according to a letter from Assistant Vice President for Student Health Services James C. Welsh.

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Dr. Welsh noted that this the only confirmed or suspected case on campus. This follows a mumps outbreak south of Washington DC in Richmond, where several universities experienced outbreaks last month.

The announcement was meant to alert the community, in hopes of limiting the spread of the disease through preventative measures.

Mumps is a viral illness and will go away on its own in about a week. Mumps is spread in droplets from the nose and throat of an infected person, usually when a person coughs or sneezes. Mumps can also spread by direct contact with saliva and discharges from the nose and throat of an infected person.

The symptoms may include body aches, fever and swollen, tender glands in one or both sides of the jaw area.

Complications of mumps may include orchitis (which has been reported to be a risk factor for testicular cancer), encephalitis and spontaneous abortion. Sterility in males is a rare possible outcome.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), anyone who is not immune from either previous mumps infection or from vaccination can get mumps. Additionally, because the vaccination is not 100% effective in preventing the disease, it is still possible for vaccinated students, faculty, or staff to develop mumps – though far less likely.

Students who develop symptoms or who have questions or concerns should contact the Student Health Center at 202-687-2200 and select option 4. Faculty or staff should consult their personal healthcare provider for any questions or concerns. You may also contact the DC Department of Health Division of Epidemiology-Disease Surveillance at 202-442-8141 or 202-442-9371.

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