Friday, March 10, 2017
Dear members of the Loyola community,
The Loyola University Student Health Center, working alongside the Louisiana Department of Health, has confirmed one undergraduate student has tested positive for mumps. Although mumps is typically a mild disease, it is highly contagious. The university has implemented public health protocols to minimize possible transmission.
Mumps is spread by contact with infectious respiratory tract secretions and saliva. Mumps is characterized by swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw on one or both sides of the face (parotitis). Other symptoms include: fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. There is no specific treatment for mumps or exposure to mumps. Good hand-washing, not sharing drinks or food from unwashed cups or eating utensils, and covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing are measures that help to prevent viral transmission.
The university is advising any currently enrolled students on campus with possible symptoms of mumps to immediately seek care at the Student Health Center. Students with signs and symptoms of mumps must be isolated from the community until cleared by a health care provider.
Staff and faculty with possible symptoms of mumps should contact their private health care providers or a nearby urgent care clinic for physical evaluations. If you are showing signs of a highly contagious disease such as mumps, it is advisable to call ahead to your health care provider or clinic to schedule an appointment.
Proof of immunity to mumps or proof of two doses of the MMR vaccine is currently required for all students at schools of higher learning in Louisiana, including Loyola. Most students on campus should be protected. However, the MMR vaccine is not 100 percent effective. Therefore, mumps infection may occur even if you are fully vaccinated.
The Student Health Center at Loyola is located on the bottom floor of the Danna Student Center, directly below the Orleans Room, and is available to answer any questions at (504) 865-3326. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Please ensure you and your loved ones have received the complete two-doses of the MMR vaccine. The MMR vaccine can be obtained at local pharmacies.
Thank you for your prompt attention.