Medical Program Assistant | Mental Health Services
UHS has confirmed that three UW-Madison students have recently been diagnosed with mumps. The cases don’t appear to be connected and UHS is working with public health officials to monitor the situation. More info »
1. The lowdown on mumps. Mumps is a contagious viral illness that spreads by droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person, usually when the person coughs, sneezes or talks. Items used by an infected person, such as cups or soft drink cans, or surfaces they touch can also be contaminated with the virus. Anyone who is not immune from either previous mumps infection or from vaccination can get mumps.
Most healthy people will recover within 10 days. Serious complications such as deafness, while rare, can occur.
2. You can prevent getting and spreading mumps. First things first, check your immunization records to make sure you’ve had two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. If not, students can get vaccinated at no cost at UHS. Call 608-265-5600 or use MyUHS to make an appointment. Faculty and staff should visit their private health care provider or pharmacy.
3. Take a page from the flu playbook with preventive actions. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water; sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow; and avoid sharing drinks, food and utensils.
4. Watch for symptoms. Early symptoms usually begin 16 to 18 days after infection and are similar to those of the flu: fever, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue. Swelling of the cheek and jaw area (salivary glands) usually follows and is a classic symptom of mumps.
Students who experience symptoms should call UHS at 608-265-5600 or use MyUHS to make an appointment. Faculty and staff should contact their private health care provider.
5. If you have been diagnosed with mumps: There is no specific treatment available for mumps. Those who are diagnosed should stay home from school, work, or similar activities for five days after symptoms begin and stay away from others. Mouth and nose should be covered during any sneezing or coughing and hands should be washed frequently. Pain, discomfort and fever can be treated with ibuprofen or Tylenol. Drink plenty of fluids and eat when you’re able.