Feb 21 2014, 8:41am CST | by Sumayah Aamir
Two of the branches of Fordham University are facing a full-fledged onslaught of mumps. 13 students have caught the germs up until now. It began on New Year’s Eve and progressed from nine to ten to thirteen cases.
The two campuses that were the sites of the outbreak of the disease were the Rose Hill division in Bronx and the Lincoln Center in Manhattan. The students who are the victims of this epidemic have been sent to their residences to be taken care of by family members. And some of them have been placed in quarantine to stem the disease from spreading among other people.
The time period during which others are susceptible to catch the illness from mumps patients is limited. It is two days prior to the ailment and five days after its symptoms have vanished.
The hygiene check that has been implemented at the educational institute has caused students, staff and the top brass to be extra-scrupulous regarding contact with the infected lot. The disease had seemed to find its way into the university environment despite all the necessary steps that had been taken to eradicate it.
The fact that just to be able to attend the institute, all students had to get mumps vaccines was enough of a precaution. But it appeared to not have worked. Some people had not been vaccinated properly.
Besides, mumps vaccines did not mean that the recipients would be immune to mumps. There was no iron-clad guarantee. Mumps leads to a temperature on the thermometer, head pain, muscular discomfort, enlarged glands, exhaustion and poor appetite.
The signs begin to manifest themselves approximately within two to three weeks of catching the malady. Unhygienic conditions in washrooms have been blamed for this outbreak.
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