MUMPS OUTBREAK INFORMATION
San Diego State University is currently experiencing a mumps outbreak and is working in collaboration with San Diego County Health and Human Services to manage the cases. Information about the outbreak, along with informational updates, and also campus and other resources is listed below. Revisit this site regularly, as it will be kept current with information.
Mumps Outbreak Update - 3/5/2020
SDSU is evaluating a small number of additional probable mumps cases. It is common during an outbreak that additional cases may occur, however, and the university community is not at an elevated risk. Members of the community are reminded to ensure they have had two doses of the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (called MMR) vaccine.
Update - 3/3/2020
On March 3, 2020, an e-mail update was sent to the SDSU community informing them of one additional probable case of mumps. This means seven total mumps cases are currently being managed (four confirmed and three probable). It is common during an outbreak that additional cases may occur, however, the university community is not at an elevated risk. Members of the community are reminded to ensure they have had two doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine.
Update - 2/26/2020
In an e-mail update to the SDSU community, information was shared that San Diego County Health and Human Services (HHS) has results indicating that four San Diego State University students are confirmed to have the mumps. In addition to the positive cases, HHS has identified two additional probable cases. This means six total cases are currently being managed. Each of the affected students live off campus in a single apartment complex, which is managed by a private property management company.
Given the number of individuals impacted, San Diego County Health and Human Services (HHS) has deemed this to be an outbreak situation, and both SDSU and HHS are working closely and collaboratively to manage the outbreak.
Symptoms and Recommended Actions
Mumps is a contagious, viral illness that is spread through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose and throat.
1. Know the symptoms.
- Mumps typically results in mild symptoms in those who have been immunized, and symptoms generally go away on their own. Mumps are, however, easily transmitted. The most effective way to prevent mumps is through two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
2. Get an MMR booster if you have been in prolonged contact with those diagnosed with the mumps.
- Booster clinics will be available for students who are at a higher risk, defined as being in close and prolonged contact with those diagnosed with having the mumps. The majority of these students lived with or near the two students who have been diagnosed.
- A list of MMR booster clinics is included below.
3. If you begin to develop symptoms, self-isolate immediately and notify your healthcare provider.
- If you begin to develop acute symptoms associated with mumps, you should self-isolate immediately, meaning stay home from school, work, social events and other activities. The CDC recommends self-isolation for five days after the beginning of parotid gland swelling.
MMR Booster Clinics
BLVD 63 Club House (map)
BLVD 63 Club House (map)
Students who have questions, please contact Student Health Services at 619-594-4325, or contact your personal healthcare provider. Students may also call the Nurse Advice Line at 858-225-3105, which is available after 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, on weekends and when SDSU is closed.
Student Health Services: 619-594-4325
Nurse Advice Line: 858-225-3105
Faculty and staff who have questions about their personal health are encouraged to speak with their medical providers, or contact the Employee Assistance Program, which offers confidential support for workplace issues. Additional information, resources, and tools are available by calling 800-342-8111.
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about mumps
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site on mumps, which also has information about health care providers and tips for travelers.
- The CDC’s Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine site.
Probable Mumps Cases Identified - 2/21/2020
On February 21, an email message was sent to the SDSU community regarding two SDSU students with probable mumps. SDSU Student Health Services (SHS) has been in direct contact with and supporting the students impacted, as well as those who have been in close proximity to those students. SHS is also working with San Diego County health officials to monitor and manage the probable cases.