Confirmed mumps cases at High Point University spikes to 11 – WXII12 Winston-Salem

The number of confirmed mumps cases on college campuses continues to rise across the Triad. In collaboration with the Guilford County Health Department, High Point University officials told WXII 12 News that there are now 11 confirmed cases of mumps on campus.Monday, HPU said it was monitoring eight cases.Up the road at Elon University, campus officials told WXII 12 News on Monday that they have six confirmed cases.”This is unfortunately something schools in our area are experiencing,” an HPU spokesperson said in an email to the campus. “The university continues to follow protocol to ensure the students impacted receive appropriate care and have been provided with alternative housing, a best practice based on guidance from health officials.”To minimize the potential for additional cases, the university said it is working alongside Novant Health to take preventative measures against the virus. It said it has implemented cleaning at increased time intervals in common areas as an added precautionary measure. “We continue to implement our local public health response which has included up to this point offering vaccinations to the university population, identifying individuals with possible symptoms and supporting the university in increasing awareness,” said Alamance County Health Director Stacie Saunders. “We are grateful for Elon’s quick communication with our health department and their continued proactive participation in the response.”An Elon spokesperson said nearly all students have had two doses of the combination vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella, which remains the most effective prevention for mumps infection, in an email to WXII 12 News.However, the vaccines do not guarantee full immunity.A person with two doses of MMR vaccine has about an 88% reduction in risk for mumps. A third dose of the MMR vaccine does further reduce the risk and is recommended by health officials.The Health Department recently conducted two MMR vaccination clinics on the Elon campus, serving a total of 749 individuals. An additional dose of MMR vaccine will not prevent individuals from getting mumps if they have already been exposed but will better protect them in the future.Preventing spread of the mumps virus:It is important to remember that mumps is a virus, transmitted very similarly to the flu or other diseases spread by droplets in the air.The recommendations for reducing the spread of mumps are similar to the steps we take to avoid the flu. You can help prevent these viruses from spreading by:Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and putting your used tissue in the trash can. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.Washing your hands often with soap and water.Avoiding sharing objects that might have saliva on them, like water bottles or cups. Do not share drinks, cigarettes or other nicotine devices.Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables and counters.

The number of confirmed mumps cases on college campuses continues to rise across the Triad.

In collaboration with the Guilford County Health Department, High Point University officials told WXII 12 News that there are now 11 confirmed cases of mumps on campus.

Monday, HPU said it was monitoring eight cases.

Up the road at Elon University, campus officials told WXII 12 News on Monday that they have six confirmed cases.

“This is unfortunately something schools in our area are experiencing,” an HPU spokesperson said in an email to the campus. “The university continues to follow protocol to ensure the students impacted receive appropriate care and have been provided with alternative housing, a best practice based on guidance from health officials.”

To minimize the potential for additional cases, the university said it is working alongside Novant Health to take preventative measures against the virus. It said it has implemented cleaning at increased time intervals in common areas as an added precautionary measure.

“We continue to implement our local public health response which has included up to this point offering vaccinations to the university population, identifying individuals with possible symptoms and supporting the university in increasing awareness,” said Alamance County Health Director Stacie Saunders. “We are grateful for Elon’s quick communication with our health department and their continued proactive participation in the response.”

An Elon spokesperson said nearly all students have had two doses of the combination vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella, which remains the most effective prevention for mumps infection, in an email to WXII 12 News.

However, the vaccines do not guarantee full immunity.

A person with two doses of MMR vaccine has about an 88% reduction in risk for mumps. A third dose of the MMR vaccine does further reduce the risk and is recommended by health officials.

The Health Department recently conducted two MMR vaccination clinics on the Elon campus, serving a total of 749 individuals.

An additional dose of MMR vaccine will not prevent individuals from getting mumps if they have already been exposed but will better protect them in the future.

Preventing spread of the mumps virus:

  • It is important to remember that mumps is a virus, transmitted very similarly to the flu or other diseases spread by droplets in the air.
  • The recommendations for reducing the spread of mumps are similar to the steps we take to avoid the flu. You can help prevent these viruses from spreading by:
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and putting your used tissue in the trash can. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoiding sharing objects that might have saliva on them, like water bottles or cups. Do not share drinks, cigarettes or other nicotine devices.
  • Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables and counters.

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