Mumps is a very contagious disease that is caused by virus, it naturally begins with a few days of headache, fever, loss of appetite, tiredness, muscle aches, and swollen salivary glands. However, you can protect yourself and your family against mumps with vaccination.
The contagious disease has made a comeback in New York according to reports from health officials who reported the incident on Monday. The officials revealed that the number of confirmed cases at Syracuse University has risen to 24, with the number of probable cases being at 26.
The Syracuse University Health Services had previously reported on Friday that 22 cases of the virus had been confirmed and that there were 19 probable cases. However, the number of confirmed cases has increased by ten in just the past week.
SU officials had called out the recent rash of cases at the institution as an outbreak. Most of the cases affected members of the university's lacrosse team, which has been closed down for the semester. The students who have been diagnosed with the contagious disease have been isolated as the institution plans on how to educate them.
The disease is not very common in the U.S. but whenever there’s an outbreak, it most often occurs in places where people have prolonged, close contact with persons that are infected, such as team members who are playing the same sports, classmates who attend the same class.
An individual who is infected can spread the virus by:
• sharing items, such as cups or eating utensils, with others,
• sneezing, talking, or coughing
• and touching surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by other people.
The disease is likely to spread before the salivary glands have started swelling and up to five days after the swelling has started.
It’s advisable that if one has been exposed to mumps, they ought to avoid exchanging body fluids with anyone. It takes approximately 16 to 18 days after exposure for the incubation period to complete.