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Health Advisory for Stockton campus

Nov 10, 2011

A University of the Pacific student was recently diagnosed with mumps and may have exposed other members of the Stockton campus community to the illness. It is believed that the risk to the campus community is low because the student only attended classes one day while infectious last week.

Because of the brief exposure to classmates and faculty members, the University is taking steps to further reduce the risk and is working with Public Health Services of San Joaquin County to contact anyone on campus who may have been in contact with the student. The infected student is now recovering under quarantine at home. No other cases have been discovered.

Mumps is a contagious viral infection that is spread by droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat of an infected person. Symptoms typically develop 2 to 3 weeks after exposure to the virus. The most common symptoms of mumps are fever, headache, and swollen or tender salivary glands under the ears, jaw or tongue. Mumps is most contagious one to two days before showing symptoms.

For more information regarding prevention and vaccination for the mumps see Pacific Health Services' mumps advisory webpage.

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