UPDATE 12/15: RIT is advising students that the suspected case of mumps has been confirmed positive.
The Student Health Center is contacting all students, faculty, and staff who may have come in contact with the student, but advise everyone to be alert to symptoms, as the person may have come into contact with others in common areas of campus.
All unvaccinated students will be asked to be immunized or leave campus for the 26-day incubation period.
ORIGINAL 12/14: The RIT Student Health Center is advising the campus community that they have identified a possible case of mumps on campus.
Officials say the person has been isolated, and they are working with local and state health department officials to keep the infection from spreading.
Mumps is a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever, headache, and swelling of the salivary glands. Other symptoms include low-grade fever, fatigue, muscle aches, and loss of appetite.
After a person is exposed to mumps, symptoms usually appear 16 to 18 days after infection, but this period can range from 12 to 25 days. Mumps cannot be treated.
Health Center officials say unvaccinated students are being contacted, and will be asked to leave campus if the case is confirmed. Students will be able to return to campus with proof of vaccination.
Students who suspect they have mumps are advised to contact Student Health Services by phone, not in person, to limit the spread of the disease.
To prevent the spread of mumps, students are advised not to share drinks, food, utensils, or any personal items that come in contact with saliva. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you sneeze or cough.
Students are currently finishing up finals week, and campus dorms will close for the semester this Saturday.