Mumps reported at VCU

Posted at 7:30 AM, Mar 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-28 08:02:32-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - The Richmond City Health Department has confirmed a case of mumps in the VCU community. A little more than a week ago a similar situation was reported at the University of Richmond.

Mumps is an acute viral disease that is transmitted from person-to-person through coughing and sneezing, but can also be spread through direct contact such as sharing drinks, or kissing.

People who become infected with mumps may not show symptoms until 12 to 25 days after exposure. Most people recover from the illness within a week, but complications are possible and potentially severe.

Unfortunately there is no treatment for mumps other than supportive care. To prevent spreading the virus to others isolate yourself at home and avoid interaction with other people for at least five days after the onset of symptoms.

VCU students and staff are being told to monitor for signs or symptoms of mumps and to contact VCU’s University Student Health Services if symptoms develop.

Faculty and staff may contact Employee Health Services at (804) 828-0584 for general questions about mumps but should contact their primary care provider for their immunization status.