Here are some FAQs about the mumps outbreak at IU Bloomington this semester. We encourage students and staff to educate yourselves about mumps to keep yourselves healthy and to reduce the spread of the disease.
Questions about mumps
- Why hasn’t a campus-wide clinic been offered?
- How do I know if I’ve been exposed?
- How serious is mumps?
- Why are three cases considered an outbreak?
- What should I do if my roommate has it?
- Am I safe if I’ve had both MMR vaccines?
- If I get a third MMR, does that mean I won’t get mumps in the future?
- I have mumps but I have a group project to finish. What do I do?
- I have mumps. Can I still take my finals?
- I have mumps. What do I do if I’m graduating? Do I have to miss commencement and other activities?
For answers to additional academic concerns, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Exposed to mumps? Monitoring is key, especially for the classic swollen salivary glands. Additionally, all close contacts, classmates and floor mates in on-campus housing and Greek houses will be notified of potential exposure and the potential incubation period based on that exposure.
Serious? Generally, it's mild and complications are rare. According to the CDC, mumps can lead to inflammation of the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord, resulting in meningitis. Inflammation of the brain, encephalitis, can also occur. Pancreatitis, inflammation of the pancreas is also possible as well as inflammation of the testicles or ovaries and/or breast tissue. Deafness is also a complication of mumps.
If your roommate has mumps, allow him or her to self-isolate during the contagious period of the disease. Avoid direct contact with your roommate and any objects he or she could have contaminated with respiratory droplets, such as eating utensils or tissues.
Mumps and classwork. If you have mumps, you need to follow the direction of your medical providers. If self-isolation is required, students should notify faculty or groupmates by email. If participation can happen remotely and does not compromise recovery, students can offer that option to their groupmates and faculty. Contact the Dean of Students Office by emailing email@example.com.
Mumps and finals. If you have mumps, you need to follow the direction of their medical providers. If self-isolation is required, students should email their faculty and the Dean of Students Office. After the self-isolation period is over the student can coordinate with faculty on completing the course requirements. Contact the Dean of Students Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mumps and commencement activities. If you have been told self-isolation is required, you should avoid commencement activities, and follow the directions of your medical provider. The self-isolation order is given to protect the health of the general public.