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(Apr 9, 2017): Confirmed Case of Mumps at Appalachian State University

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University officials confirm that one student on campus has been diagnosed with mumps. The individual is currently away from campus and staying in their home.

The mumps virus can be spread through saliva or respiratory secretions, for instance by kissing an infected person, drinking from the same glass as an infected person, or being coughed or sneezed on by an infected person.

Symptoms

Individuals with mumps usually first feel sick with nonspecific symptoms like headache, loss of appetite, and low-grade fever. The most well-known sign of mumps is parotitis, the swelling of the parotid salivary glands, below the ear. Some people who get mumps have very mild or no symptoms, and often they do not know they have the disease.

Treatment

While there is no cure for mumps, symptoms can be treated and infected persons are urged to stay away from others in isolation. The virus will usually go away on its own in a few weeks.

Prevention

The best way to prevent mumps is through the Mumps, Measles & Rubella (MMR) vaccine, but this vaccine can wane over time.  The recommended two doses of MMR vaccine provide approximately 88% protection against mumps, while only one dose provides about 78% protection. People who have not been vaccinated are much more likely to get mumps than those who have been vaccinated.

Additional information can be found at www.cdc.gov/mumps or http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4211.pdf.



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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

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DID YOU KNOW?  According to a national survey, 2 out of 3 college students who said they consumed alcohol in the past month admitted to binge drinking (typically this means consuming 4 drinks for women or 5 drinks for men in a 2-hour time period)  at least once during that time frame. Excessive drinking can lead to both short- and long-term impacts on both physical and mental health

Test your alcohol knowledge by taking this quiz from In The Know Zone: http://www.intheknowzone.com/test-your-knowledge.html

Also, check out this educational sheet from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism to learn more about the potential harms of drinking on your health.

(Attachment: https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/collegefactsheet/Collegefactsheet.pdf )

The ETSU Student Health Clinic offers mental health care services to those who may be in need. If you’d like to make an appointment to see a mental health care provider, please give us a call at 423-439-4225.


 

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