Health Advisory Update

Update: As of 1:00 p.m. on June 23, 2014

There have been no new cases of mumps reported to the NJ DOH, the Hoboken Health Department, or Stevens Institute of Technology.  We have passed the incubation period when new cases would have been reported. This is an important and encouraging milestone; however, we continue to monitor the situation very closely and we must continue to exercise vigilance.  It is important to maintain healthy habits.  Frequent and thorough hand washing, adequate sleep, a balanced diet, and exercise contribute to your overall wellness.  In addition, please check with your primary care physician and make sure that all of your immunizations are up to date. 

Maggie Cunning
Director, Student Health Center
Jacobus Hall, First Floor
mcunning@stevens.edu
(201) 216-5678

 

Update:  As of 4:30 p.m. on May 15, 2014

As you put final exams behind you and return to your hometowns, it is very important to maintain vigilance as cases of mumps and other communicable diseases continue to be diagnosed all over the country.  Since our last message we have had one newly reported case of mumps on campus.  Presently, all affected by illness have fully recovered or are recovering at home. 

Stevens along with the New Jersey Department of Health and the Hoboken Health Department continue to encourage you to take advantage of the summer to make sure all of your vaccinations are up-to-date.  Additionally, remember that it is important to maintain good and thorough hand-washing technique, to cover your cough, and to report any signs of illness to your primary care physician.  Tips on these important health measures can be found on the Stevens Health Center’s website at: http://www.stevens.edu/sit/health/healthy-habits.

If you suspect that you may have mumps, make sure that you call ahead to your doctor’s office to make an appointment, this will allow them to see you at a time without a full waiting room of patients.  For your information, refer to this fact sheet from the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/mumps/outbreaks/downloads/QAs-Patients.pdf or contact your primary care physician for additional information. 

Have a safe, healthy summer!

Maggie Cunning
Director, Student Health Center
Jacobus Hall, First floor
mcunning@stevens.edu
(201) 216-5678

 

Update:  As of 5:00 p.m. on April 28, 2014

I write to inform you that we have had three new probable cases of mumps.  All three students were vaccinated. Stevens continues to monitor this issue and is following all of the recommendations from the NJ Department of Health and the Hoboken Health Department.  At this time, one of the three students has completely recovered and the other two remain at home off campus recuperating.

As you know, the tri-state area is experiencing the reemergence of mumps and other childhood viruses.  In addition to mumps, chicken pox and measles have appeared in New Jersey and New York recently.

As we have recommended in past communications, immunization as well as good preventative practices are critical.

·         Contact your healthcare provider to determine your immunization status and risk.

·         Get vaccinated. Although vaccines are not 100% effective, you will be better protected if you are vaccinated.

·         Practice healthy habits: cover your cough; do not share water bottles or utensils.  Wash your hands often.

·         Stay home if you are ill.  If you are a student and believe you have the symptoms of mumps or another childhood virus, we recommend that you call Student Health Services at 201-216-5678 or Astra Health (93-95 Hudson Street) at 201-464-8888.  Astra Health is a local healthcare provider that can administer the appropriate tests.  If you are an employee, you should contact your healthcare provider and your supervisor.


Your health and safety is our main priority and we will continue to keep you fully informed on these issues. 

For additional updates, please check the Student Health Services website at http://www.stevens.edu/sit/health

For further facts, please see the attached link from the CDC:  http://www.cdc.gov/DiseasesConditions/

Maggie Cunning
Director, Student Health Center
Jacobus Hall, First floor
mcunning@stevens.edu
(201) 216-5678

 

Update:  As of 4:00 p.m. on April 22, 2014

We have had no new cases of mumps since the initial eight cases that I wrote to you about on April 9, 2014.  Stevens continues to monitor this issue and is following all of the recommendations from the NJ Department of Health and the Hoboken Health Department.  At this time, all eight students have recovered and have returned to classes.

As you know, the tri-state area is experiencing the reemergence of mumps and other childhood viruses in our populations.  In addition to mumps, chicken pox has been prevalent in our area and throughout New Jersey recently and a Stevens graduate student who lives off campus presented with chicken pox yesterday.  The student is self-isolating at home off campus and recuperating.

These cases are sending us a clear message that we must continue to promote immunization as well as good preventative practices.  We recommend the following:

  • Contact your healthcare provider to determine your immunization status and risk.
  • Get vaccinated. Although vaccines are not 100% effective, you will be better protected if you are vaccinated.
  • Practice healthy habits: cover your cough; do not share water bottles or utensils.  Wash your hands often.
  • Stay home if you are ill.  Contact Student Health Services at 201-216-5678 if you are a student and are ill. They will contact your professors so you are excused from classes.  Employees should contact their supervisors.

Your health and safety is our main priority and we will continue to keep you informed on these issues.  

For further facts, please see the attached link from the CDC:  http://www.cdc.gov/DiseasesConditions/

Maggie Cunning
Director, Student Health Center
Jacobus Hall, First floor
mcunning@stevens.edu
(201) 216-5678

 

Update: As of 11:00 a.m. on April 21, 2014

No new cases of mumps.

 

Update:  As of 4:00 p.m. on April 17, 2014

Last week, we informed you that we had a small number of Stevens students with suspected cases of mumps.  Those students remained at home off-campus recuperating.  Today, the NJ Department Of Health (NJDOH) has informed us that eight confirmed mumps cases associated with Stevens Institute of Technology are under investigation. Cases range in age from 18 to 21 years and all have received two documented doses of mumps-containing vaccine. At this time, we have not had any new cases of students with symptoms in over a week. 

Please be aware that outbreaks of mumps have occurred in vaccinated populations.  Other colleges and universities in the U.S. are experiencing outbreaks of mumps, including Fordham University and Ohio State University.

Here is the link to the Center for Disease Control website regarding mumps:

http://www.cdc.gov/mumps/index.htm

Symptoms of mumps are swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw on one or both sides of the face, fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite.

Students, who experience these symptoms, may call Student Health Services at 201-216-5678.  Since Stevens Student Health Services is closed tomorrow and through the weekend, you may contact Astra Health located at 93-95 Hudson Street (201-464-8888) or your health care provider.  If you are unwell and feel you need immediate assistance, please contact Campus Police at 201-216-3911 and an ambulance will be called to take you to the emergency room.

Employees who experience symptoms of mumps should self-isolate and contact your health care provider.

We are in regular contact with the NJ Department of Health and the Hoboken Health Department and are following all of their recommendations.  We continue to monitor this issue and will keep you informed. 

Maggie Cunning
Director, Student Health Center
Jacobus Hall, First floor
mcunning@stevens.edu
(201) 216-5678

For Emergencies

Contact Campus Police
201-216-3911

 

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