Mumps is a viral disease characterized by fever, headache, muscle weakness, loss of appetite and swelling and tenderness of one or more of the salivary glands situated along the angle of the jaw and inside the mouth.
Roughly one-third of infected people do not have noticeable swelling.
It is spread by direct contact with saliva and discharges from the nose and throat of infected individuals.
Severe complications are rare, but mumps can cause inflammation of the brain and/or tissue covering the brain and spinal cord, the testicles, ovaries and pancreas, as well as spontaneous abortion and deafness.
PLATTSBURGH — As many as 170 Plattsburgh State students will now be excluded from campus during a mumps outbreak because they are not fully vaccinated against the viral disease.
Roughly 60 of those students — some for religious reasons — have no documentation on file showing they received either of the two doses required for vaccination.
The college has had three confirmed cases of the mumps.
New York State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines issued an order Friday barring students who are not vaccinated against mumps and who have not contracted mumps from campus for the duration of the outbreak.
Students could be out up to 26 days after the final confirmed case of mumps, though once they have received a first dose of mumps vaccine, they can return to campus.
"This is for their safety and the safety of those around them," said Claudia S. Hutton, director of public affairs for the New York State Health Department.
POSSIBLE 5 CASES
Three cases of the mumps have been confirmed since the outbreak began Feb. 23, while two more are under investigation.
The outbreak was scattered across campus, and the source has not been identified.
According to the Health Department, an ongoing outbreak of mumps in a religious community in Rockland and Orange counties and Brooklyn originated in England.