Mumps at University of New Hampshire

NH Division of Public Health Services Health Alert NetworkOn February 14, 2020, NH DHHS issued a health alert update regarding mumps at UNH.

Key Points and Recommendations:

  • There have been six University of New Hampshire (UNH) students in the last two weeks with confirmed or probable mumps infection; all have been previously fully vaccinated. These students are close contacts of each other and there is not broader campus transmission currently identified.
  • The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) is working with UNH to target a third dose of the MMR vaccine to a select group of students within the affected social network based on published CDC guidance. NH DPHS will be working with UNH to reach out to the individuals recommended to receive a third dose of vaccine. There is no recommendation for broader vaccination at this time.
  • 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, myalgia, and malaise.
  • Providers should notify NH DPHS of any patient presenting with signs and symptoms consistent with mumps (even if individuals have been previously vaccinated) by calling 603-271-4496 (after hours 603-271-5300).
  • Healthcare providers can contact NH DPHS with any testing requests for mumps, which would involve submission of a buccal swab for mumps PCR, and possibly blood for mumps serology (IgM) based on timing of symptom onset. See below for more detailed testing recommendations

Read the full DHHS Alert