Health Announcements and Notifications:
Mumps is no longer very common in the United States, but outbreaks continue to occur. Outbreaks have most commonly occurred in places where people have had prolonged, close contact with a person who has mumps, such as attending the same class, playing on the same sports team, or living in the same dormitory. Students with swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw on one or both sides of the face, should seek medical care at the Student Health Center or with their primary care physician as soon as possible. The Student Health Center is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 7:30am a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Students exhibiting symptoms of mumps should be isolated for at least five days from the onset of salivary gland swelling. There is no specific treatment for mumps, however most people who contract the illness fully recover. Mumps can occasionally cause complications, some of them serious. Infected persons are typically contagious from three days before until up to nine days after the onset of symptoms.
Mumps is spread by contact with infectious respiratory tract secretions and saliva. To help prevent transmission of the illness, people should follow these tips:
- Practice good hand washing
- Do not eat or drink after others
- Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
Receiving two doses of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine is the best way to prevent mumps. Proof of immunity to mumps or proof of two doses of the vaccine is required for all GSU students. However, the vaccine is not 100 percent effective, and the infection can occur even in vaccinated students.
Please see the following link for more information on vaccination, symptoms and outbreaks regarding mumps: https://www.cdc.gov/mumps/
Travelers from Africa (Ebola Virus Information)
- If you have recently traveled to countries in West Africa affected by the Ebola outbreak, please call Foster-Johnson Health Center at (318) 274-2351.
- Ebola Information for Students
- What You Need to Know About the Ebola Virus - http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html
CDC Measles Information - http://www.cdc.gov/measles/
CDC Influenza Facts - https://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm