May 15, 2017
The University has received 67 confirmed reports of Southeast students infected with mumps.
The University continues to receive reports of students presenting to their health care provider or the Campus Health Clinic with symptoms of mumps. As students are evaluated by the Campus Health Clinic they are tested in accordance with the State of Missouri protocol outlined by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Students living on campus are encouraged, where possible, to leave the campus and return home to self-quarantine. A majority of the confirmed cases are generally among students who are members of our Greek student community, specifically our fraternity community. Additionally, the campus has suspected cases of mumps from students who are symptomatic and these students are currently self-quarantined while their test results are evaluated by the State of Missouri. All confirmed cases are shared with the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center and the campus has been working with both local and State of Missouri public health agencies in response to the confirmed and suspected cases.
The reports at Southeast come on the heels of a mumps outbreak on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia reported this past fall. At the University of Missouri-Columbia, 350 confirmed and probable cases of mumps have been reported as of February 23, 2017. According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the majority of cases continue to be reported among university students and 14 other colleges and universities across the State of Missouri have reported confirmed or suspected cases of mumps since August 2016. The Centers of Disease Control reported that from January 1 through January 28 there were 485 confirmed cases of mumps across the United States. This surpasses the 229 cases that were reported in all of 2012. Reports of mumps, while focused in many colleges and universities, is not limited to just the college setting. New cases have been epidemiologically linked to persons outside of a college setting, including in high schools and professional sports teams.
Effective March 3, 2017, The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has updated its recommendation and is encouraging all Southeast Missouri State University students to consider getting a third dose of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine in response to continued confirmed and suspected cases of Mumps at Southeast. The campus is urging all students to consider a third vaccination in support of the recommendation from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
For anyone born after 1957 and who lives on, attends classes at, or works on campus and is desiring a 3rd dose MMR, walk-ins at the Campus Health Clinic welcome between 8am-6:30 pm, Monday through Thursday and 8am-4pm Friday at the Campus Health Clinic. Students and employees can also call the Campus Health Clinic at 573-651-2270 to schedule an appointment.
Any member of the campus community can contact the Cape Girardeau Public Health Agency at 573-335-7846 to arrange for a third vaccination. Details on the vaccination program available through Cape Girardeau public Health Agency can be found on their vaccination website
Mumps is an acute viral infection caused by the mumps virus and is transmitted from person to person through direct contact with respiratory secretions or saliva or indirectly through infected objects. The average incubation period for mumps is 16 to 18 days, with a range of 12 to 25 days.
Any student who has these symptoms should take immediate action to self-quarantine themselves and visit their health care provider or the Campus Health Clinic. Students should not attend class, attend social events, and take every possible action to limit their expose to others until they meet with a medical professional.
Unvaccinated individuals may contact the Campus Health Clinic at (573) 651-2270 to schedule an appointment for the vaccine. Campus Health Clinic hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
If you receive a diagnosis of mumps from a provider outside the Campus Health Clinic, please email Bruce Skinner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 573-651-5103.
Please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Mumps Questions and Answers for additional information. https://www.cdc.gov/mumps/outbreaks/outbreak-patient-qa.html