Officials: Mumps Outbreak at SUNY Plattsburgh


Officials at SUNY Plattsburgh have confirmed three cases of the mumps on the campus, declaring it an outbreak.

During a press conference, officials said there are also three pending cases of the virus, all in students, according to Additionally, they said as many as 250 students have not been fully immunized against the disease.

Mumps is a contagious viral disease. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle weakness, stiff neck, loss of appetite, swelling and tenderness of one or more salivary glands alongside the jaw inside the mouth. It is transmitted by direct contact with saliva and discharges from the nose and throat of the infected.

In response to the outbreak, Clinton County Department of Health issued a directive requiring students born after Jan.1, 1957, and who have no documented evidence of receiving a single dose of either the mumps vaccine or MMR, or have no documented evidence of past infection with the mumps virus or documents stating that they have immunity from the virus to be excluded from the campus.

Students banned from the campus will be informed individually and will be notified about the necessary steps they must take to be allowed back on campus.

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