Published: Mon, February 27, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

University of Dayton confirms mumps on campus

University of Dayton confirms mumps on campus

And a hockey team based in Medicine Hat, Alta. had seven players and a coach with mumps, Alberta Health Services said.

Complications from mumps can potentially be serious and include encephalitis, meningitis, painful swelling of the testicles or the ovaries, pancreatitis and hearing loss. "However, high vaccination coverage helps to limit the size, duration and spread of mumps".

Oda said it does not appear the four cases of mumps at the U of A are linked to the cases in southern Alberta. Because of this surge, federal health officials are now weighing the option of administering a third dose of the MMR vaccine.

That group of young adults is more likely to engage in behaviours and activities in which mumps spreads easily, like playing on sports teams where water bottles might be shared, living in dormitories in close conditions and sharing drinks and food in bars, she said. All college students who have had fewer than two MMR doses should receive catch-up vaccination.

According to health experts, the MMR vaccine is highly effective if a patient gets injected with two doses. Some adults are recommended to have two doses of MMR including healthcare personnel, global travelers, and those attending post-high school educational institutions.

Mumps symptoms usually begin 2-4 weeks after exposure and include swollen glands along the jaw line in front of the ear.

"Usually you are protected if you have the two doses of the vaccination, but the problem is more people are deciding to vaccination their children less and that puts more of the population at risk", Hardy explained. In 2006, the a year ago there was a large spike in reports, there were more than 5,700 cases, many of which were among fully vaccinated college students.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials recommend parents to vaccinate their toddlers.

On Friday afternoon, the Vancouver Canucks said several players had also presented with symptoms of mumps.

If someone thinks they have mumps, TPH recommends contacting a doctor, and letting them know you might have the viral infection before heading to a clinic. Most children got the virus by the time they were 14 years old.

But once the vaccine became a national recommendation, the disease rates plunged.

"We are seeing a distinct increase in the number of cases this particular year", Oda said.
Without vaccines, that number could have been as high as 700 or 800.

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