UPDATE-- SUNY Geneseo: Off-campus, on-campus students contract mumps
Geneseo, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo is urging students to be on alert after four on-campus students and eight off-campus students contracted mumps.
The number of cases was updated on Saturday, December 10. The school says there are currently three additional possible cases. These students have been tested and are awaiting the results.
SUNY Geneseo is urging students to be on alert after two on-campus students and two off-campus students contracted mumps.
“Everybody in the library is talking about it,” said Anthony Maroutsis. “It's a big thing on this campus."
Nineteen students who have not been immunized, and the one who contracted the mumps, are being asked to leave the campus for 26 days to prevent an outbreak.
Radi said this is a community concern. It's working closely with the state and local health departments to ensure no one else gets sick.
"We know that these outbreaks usually produce more than one case," said Steven Radi, the medical director of SUNY Geneseo. "So we're on heightened awareness for students presenting with symptoms in consistent with mumps."
The university posted Community Health Alert signs around so students can see them.
"That's crazy; that's frightening," Dawud Shah said.
"It's kind of worrisome, in being honest,” said Maroutsis. “That kind of thing can spread very rapidly. It's very dangerous."
However, Erin Carlo, said she’s not too concerned.
“Because I was vaccinated," she said. "But at this point, it looks like the college has it under control."
Mumps is highly contagious can be spread through coughing, sneezing, or sharing food or drink.
Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite and swelling salivary glands.
Students are advised to not share.
“Especially if you're partying all night,” Shah said. “It gets weird because you all drink from the same cup. And if one person has it, everyone has it."
The student infected with the mumps had the recommended Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccinations.
"We still see case in students that are immunized probably because over time - since these are childhood immunizations - the immunity to the virus may wane,” said Radi. “And the protection is not high enough."
The Livingston county health department is contacting every practice in that area ensuring people check in with their primary care doctors about their immunization status.