Mumps Outbreak on New Hampshire College Campus

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on February 26, regarding the mumps outbreak at a New Hampshire college.

NH Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) draws your attention to the following:

  • Healthcare providers should be aware of a mumps outbreak identified on a New Hampshire college campus. Students are preparing to go on spring break next week and possibly travel to other areas of the state or country.
  • Mumps is an acute viral infection typically characterized by swelling and tenderness of one or more salivary glands, typically the parotid gland (parotitis). Patients can also develop non-specific prodromal symptoms of fever, headache, myalgias, and malaise.
  • Providers should notify the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) with any patient presenting with signs and symptoms consistent with mumps who had contact with someone from the affected college community.
  • Healthcare providers should call NH DPHS with any testing requests for mumps, which would involve submission of a buccal swab for mumps PCR, and blood for mumps serology (IgM/IgG). NH DPHS’s can be contacted at 603-271-4496 (after hours 1-800-852-3345 ext.5300).

Click here for the full DHHS alert.