The mumps outbreak has struck the third state in the US with eight students at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken being identified with the viral affliction in New Jersey. Most of the students afflicted with Mumps were between the ages of 18 to 21 years.
All students of the faculty have to complete full vaccination schedules before they attend the university. It is however not the first time that Mumps have infected a vaccinated population.
Most children are administered the MMR vaccination for protection against measles, mumps, rubella. However it is a common knowledge that the MMR vaccine is only 88% effective in preventing Mumps, 90% against Rubella and 99% against Measles. This is as per the information released by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC further contends that 95 percent of people who receive a single dose of MMR develop some immunity to all three viruses.
Officials have cautioned persons who live on or around the campus against the risk of getting infected by the Mumps virus and they should watch out for any symptoms which are much akin to the flu symptoms.
According to Maggie Cunning, Director of the Student Health Services, “At Stevens our top priority is the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. Consistent with the procedures outlined by the NJDOH, all students with suspected mumps infection were isolated from others during the infectious phase of the illness and returned to their homes off campus. There have been no reports of newly symptomatic cases since the initial cases last week.”
Mumps is a viral infection which affects the Parotid glands and is highly contagious. The affliction is characterized by high fever, difficulty in chewing and swelling on the patients cheek and throat.