Written by Reading Eagle
Kutztown PA —
A suspected case of the mumps of a Kutztown University student has turned out to be negative, according to school officials.
Bryan Salvadore, Kutztown University’s director of communications, said Friday that test results of the student came back negative for mumps, and there are currently no other suspected cases of the disease at the school.
KU officials alerted the campus community Thursday evening about the suspected case and began monitoring the situation under the direction of state health officials, according to KU spokesman Matthew Santos.
Initially Santos said Friday morning the student had been diagnosed with a “mild case” of mumps, but that report turned out to be incorrect.
The affected student will remain at home until he is cleared by a physician to return to campus, Dolores Hess, KU health and wellness director, said in an email notification to students, faculty and staff on Friday morning.
Santos said the affected student lives off campus and has returned home.
The announcement came a day after Temple University in Philadelphia set up a free clinic to provide students with booster shots for those previously immunized with the MMR vaccine as the mumps outbreak that began in Philadelphia continued to snowball with more than 100 cases reported.
Hess said students should contact the KU Health and Wellness Center immediately if they experience symptoms, and faculty and staff should contact their primary care physician.
The symptoms of mumps are similar to influenza, commonly called the flu. Outbreaks have most commonly occurred among groups of people who have prolonged, close contact, such as sharing water bottles or cups, kissing, practicing sports together, or living in close quarters, with a person who has mumps.
The symptoms of mumps include:
- Puffy cheeks and tender, swollen jaw
- Muscle aches
- Loss of appetite
People with mumps are considered infectious from two days before swelling begins through five days after the start of swelling.