Public Health Advisory Regarding Mumps | Kent State University

Public Health Advisory Regarding Mumps

Kent State University Health Services and the health departments of the City of Kent and Portage County have recently become aware of confirmed mumps at Kent State University - Kent Campus. Our community's health and safety are our top priority. All appropriate measures, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were followed. University Health Services is advising all students and university employees that it is likely that the mumps virus is circulating in the vicinity and advising everyone to be aware of the signs and symptoms of this virus.

What is mumps?
Mumps is a viral illness characterized by fever, body aches, headaches, fatigue, loss of appetite and swollen glands, especially the salivary glands in front of the ear (parotids). While most cases do not lead to serious complications, some patients may develop viral meningitis (inflammation of the brain covering) or orchitis (testicular inflammation). Very rarely, deafness or sterility may result. Mumps is common during winter and spring months.

How does mumps spread?
Mumps is contagious and is most commonly spread by coughing and sneezing. Patients are contagious from two days before until five days after their symptoms develop. Symptoms usually appear 14-18 days after exposure, although it may vary from 14 to 25 days. Ohio law requires patients with mumps to be isolated for five days after the onset of symptoms.

What is the treatment for mumps?
There is no specific treatment for mumps other than rest, fluids and medicine for the symptoms of pain and fever.

How can mumps be prevented?
In the United States, the mumps vaccine is given in combination with measles and rubella (MMR) at age 1, with a second dose prior to kindergarten entry. After two doses of vaccine, 80-90 percent of people will develop immunity to mumps. While vaccination does not protect everyone from developing mumps, individuals who do get mumps after being vaccinated are at lower risk of complications. Maintaining a high rate of immunizations in the community helps to prevent the spread of mumps.

What should I do to protect myself against mumps?

  • Verify your immunization status. If you have not already done so, locate your immunization records and submit them to University Health Services via fax to 330-672-2272, email to immunizations@kent.edu or drop them off at the DeWeese Health Center.
  • If you have not been immunized against mumps (MMR vaccine) or have only received one dose of the vaccine, call University Health Services at 330-672-2322 or the Portage County Health District at 330-296-9919, ext. 119 to schedule an immunization appointment.
  • Wash your hands or use sanitizer frequently, cover your coughs and sneezes and don't share drinks or utensils.

What should I do if I become ill with symptoms of mumps?

  • If you develop symptoms of mumps or have any other related questions or concerns, call University Health Services at 330-672-2322 for an appointment to confirm the diagnosis. Stay home from class, work and social events for five days after symptoms begin. Limit contact with babies and those with weakened immune systems.
  • Visit the University Health Services website for further information or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

University Health Services
Kent State University Health Services is here to provide assistance and support.

  • The DeWeese Health Center can be reached at 330-672-2322.
  • After hours, please call the KSU Nurse Line at 330-672-2326 or 911 in the case of an emergency.
  • It is located at 1500 Eastway Drive (Map

DeWeese Health Center Hours (Through May 7)
Monday and Tuesday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

DeWeese Health Center Hours (Starting May 8)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We encourage you to call with any questions or concerns. 

Jennifer A. D'Abreau, D.O., M.S.
Interim Chief University Physician
Kent State University
University Health Services

Julie Volcheck, M.S.
Interim Director
Kent State University
University Health Services

POSTED: Friday, April 28, 2017 - 2:16pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 28, 2017 - 2:16pm