10-3-19

Since September 19th, the campus has seen several cases of ill students presenting with fatigue, body aches, headache, low grade fever and swollen parotid glands (i.e. parotitis). All have been fully vaccinated and laboratory results were negative for mumps. There are many viral causes of parotitis, other than mumps. These include adenovirus, coxsackievirus, Eptstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, influenza, and others. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District along with campus infection control staff at McKinley continue surveillance efforts to identify cases of mumps. Each suspected case of mumps will be isolated, PCR testing done as advised and approved by Public Health, and we will collect contact information to review for those individuals who may not be fully vaccinated.  Non-vaccinated individuals in close proximity and duration with the index case are encouraged to pursue vaccination.  So far we have no confirmed cases of mumps on the U of I campus.


In April, 2015, the Urbana-Champaign campus had a large outbreak of mumps. The campus and community providers saw 290 cases. In this mumps outbreak, like many others across the country, we witnessed vaccine breakthrough of the mumps rubulavirus.  In vaccinated persons the illness is much milder, both in symptoms and in the length of the illness, than in non-vaccinated individuals.  For this reason, even students who test negative for the mumps virus may be advised to remain in isolation for up to five days.
While we collect information regarding each case, we send out messages to classrooms and other close contacts using Public Health advice.  The primary driver for such messaging is to identify non-vaccinated close contacts and encourage vaccination.

  
Vaccination, target isolation, and disease prevention education remains our mainstay of preventing the spread of disease.  

Date: 
Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 14:45