Since late February, two additional cases of mumps have been diagnosed in students at UNC Charlotte with another case being defined as probable.
Students, faculty and staff should continue to wash their hands frequently; avoid sharing beverages, eating utensils and cigarettes; cover your cough or sneeze; avoid close contact with ill individuals; and watch for symptoms of mumps virus infection.
Officials said most students are required to have written documentation of two doses of mumps vaccine. They said written documentation of at least one dose of MMR vaccine is recommended for all adults born after 1957.
Health officials said early symptoms are non-specific, and included muscle aches, lack of appetite, headache, and low-grade fever.
Swelling of the glands tends to happen within the first two days of symptoms and may be first noted as earache and tenderness on palpation of the angle of the jaw. Symptoms tend to decrease after one week.
Persons who may have mumps infection must stay home for five days after the onset of swelling. If you're vaccinated, your risk of infection is lower; however it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms because officials said even fully vaccinated people can contract the disease.
Any students, faculty or staff who develop parotid swelling should call their health care provider and Brian Lackey, RN at 704-336-5498 with the Mecklenburg County Health Dept. or the UNC Charlotte Health Center at 704-687-7400.