Mumps is a contagious viral infection that is spread by droplets of saliva or mucus, coming from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person.
Most common symptoms develop 16-18 days after exposure to the virus (range 14-25 days). Treatment for mumps consists of getting plenty of rest and consuming fluids. Antibiotics are not useful.
To protect your health we urge you to do the following:
- Review your vaccination records. Most people born before 1957 have had mumps disease and are immune to mumps and most people who have had two doses of MMR vaccine will also be protected against mumps. However, 5-10% may still be susceptible to mumps after receiving the two recommended doses. If you have not had two doses of the MMR vaccine (part of routine childhood immunizations in the US), it is a good idea to get vaccinated. Appointments can be made online via eTang, or by calling the Specialty Clinic at (510) 643-7177. Note: The MMR vaccine is not appropriate for pregnant women or for individuals with weakened immune systems. Check back for updates on the next MMR vaccination availability.
- Be alert for symptoms of mumps: fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite, swollen or tender salivary glands under the ears, jaw or under the tongue, on one or both sides of the face.
- Stay home if you develop symptoms. Do not attend classes or work for five (5) days after the onset of symptoms to help limit the spread of the disease to others.
- Contact your healthcare provider. If you are a UCB student or established patient at UHS, please call UHS at (510) 642-2000.
- Wash your hands frequently or use a hand sanitizer. Cover your cough to reduce the spread of disease. Do not share eating utensils, drinking glasses, water bottles, etc. Avoid close contact with those that are ill.