Mumps update 9_17_18

TCU Parent & Family members,

The following email was sent to students, faculty and staff on September 17, 2018. Should your student have questions or concerns about their individual health, they should contact the TCU Health Center at 817-257-7940 or their primary care physician for further instruction.

Dear Campus Community:

Two additional cases of confirmed mumps have been identified on campus. The TCU Health Center is working closely with Tarrant County Public Health to identify and contact students who may have been exposed.

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus and is transmitted from an infected person by coughing, sneezing, sharing items such as beverages, intimate contact or by touching surfaces with unwashed hands.

Though the vaccine against mumps is the best line of defense against infection, a small percentage of vaccinated individuals may still become infected, especially if they have prolonged contact with someone who has the disease.

What to watch for:

  • Symptoms of mumps include parotitis (swollen, tender salivary glands), orchitis (swollen, tender testicles) often associated with a low-grade fever, fatigue or myalgia (muscle aches). A small percentage of people will not have symptoms.
  • The time from being infected with the virus to developing symptoms can be as long as 25 days but is typically 16-18 days. People with mumps are infectious two days before to five days after the onset of parotitis.






What to do:

  • Refrain from sharing drinks or eating utensils with others and wash your hands frequently.
  • If you have been diagnosed with mumps or suspect that you may have mumps, please contact the TCU Health Center immediately. Anyone diagnosed with mumps or suspected of having mumps should stay home for five days after the onset of parotitis.
  • A mumps test is indicated only if you are experiencing parotitis.  Fever and achiness could be a number of other ailments that rest and fluids will ultimately address.
  • The vaccine is administered in combination with the measles and rubella vaccines in a two-dose series. You should have two MMR vaccinations documented in your record. If you have not had these or do not have documentation of two MMR vaccinations, please visit the Student Health Center.

The TCU community is highly vaccinated and we do not anticipate a significant impact to campus. Should you have questions or concerns about your individual health, please contact the TCU Health Center at 817-257-7940 or your primary care physician for further instruction.

We will share further details as they develop.

Jane Torgerson, M.D.

TCU Health Center