TU/e warns students against mumps contamination

A number of Eindhoven students have the mumps. Mumps is a highly contagious infectious disease. The TU/e Executive Board is warning students to be vigilant and to stay at home in the event of suspected illness. It is also important that students check their vaccination status and report infections to the GGD (Municipal Health Service).
Last week the GGD received signals that there is mumps among students. As a result, the GGD initiated an investigation among a number of them and it indeed turned out to be a case of mumps. The GGD now has a total of six students with symptoms that fit the mumps profile. There may be other students with symptoms who are not known to the GGD.
The mumps virus spreads during coughing, sneezing, talking and hand contact through small droplets from the nose and pharynx. People are contagious before they become ill and remain so for about five days. Then the mumps will go away by itself.
If you get sick, it starts with fever. After that, muscle pain and headaches can occur. Often there is only an infection of the upper respiratory tract. Typical for mumps is an inflammation of the salivary glands and either or both cheeks become thicker. The enlarged salivary gland causes pain, especially when you open your mouth. Earaches are also common. The thickness in the cheek disappears after about a week. A complication that can occur in men is an inflammation of the testicle.
Students can check the vaccination status with their parents or via the vaccination booklet. Mumps vaccination is part of the so-called BMR injection, which is standard in the National Vaccination Program in the Netherlands. So everyone who has had the vaccination program as a child, has also had this injection
What can you do?
- Check your vaccination status: if you have not been vaccinated or vaccinated only once, then report to the GGD.
- Report to the GGD if you have any symptoms.
- Stay at home when you are ill. A visit to the doctor is not necessary.

See for more information the page of the Dutch National Immunisation Programme
or contact the infectious disease control team of the GGD Brabant-Zuidoost: call 088 0031 333 or send an e-mail to infectieziekten@ggdbzo.nl