Mumps on a NH University Campus

On October 25, 2016, the NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding mumps on a New Hampshire University campus. NH Division of Public Health Services health alert network 

Key Points and Recommendations:

  • Healthcare providers should be aware that in the last couple months there have been three, apparently unlinked cases of mumps on the University of New Hampshire Durham campus.
  • 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 the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) with any patient presenting with signs and symptoms consistent with mumps.
  • Healthcare providers can contact 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 603-271-5300).

Read the Full DHHS Alert