Hoboken, N.J. – The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), in conjunction with the Hoboken Health Department, Stevens Institute of Technology, and additional local, county, and state health departments, is investigating eight cases of confirmed mumps found in students at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.
Stevens has been working closely with the New Jersey State Department of Health from the onset and is following all of its recommendations in treating the cases.
“At Stevens our top priority is the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. Consistent with the procedures outlined by the NJDOH, all students with suspected mumps infection were isolated from others during the infectious phase of the illness and returned to their homes off campus," said Maggie Cunning, Director of the Student Health Services. “There have been no reports of newly symptomatic cases since the initial cases last week.”
Cases were found in students ranging in age from 18 to 21 years and all were fully vaccinated with two documented doses of mumps-containing vaccine.
Outbreaks of mumps have occurred in vaccinated populations before including other colleges and universities such as Ohio State University and Fordham University in New York City.
All Stevens’ students are required to have full vaccinations before attending the University, including the vaccination for mumps, measles and rubella (MMR). Faculty and staff members who are unsure of their immunization status have been advised to contact a health care provider.
Stevens is encouraging students and staff, or anyone who may have recently visited the campus or had close contact with a Stevens Institute of Technology student/staff member to visit their healthcare provider if they are exhibiting the following symptoms: 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.
Mumps is a disease reportable within 24 hours as per N.J.A.C. 8:57, which can be accessed at: http://nj.gov/health/cd/reporting.shtml
For more information about mumps, please visit:
Mumps specimen collection: http://www.cdc.gov/mumps/lab/index.html
FAQs on mumps testing: http://www.cdc.gov/mumps/lab/qa-lab-test-infect.html
Prevention & control in healthcare settings: http://www.cdc.gov/mumps/prev-control-settings/index.html
Mumps fact sheet for patients: http://www.cdc.gov/mumps/about/downloads/mumps-factsheet.pdf
More information on MMR vaccines: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mumps
New Jersey Department of Health: http://www.nj.gov/health/cd/mumps/index.shtml
Directory of local health departments in NJ: http://www.state.nj.us/health/lh/directory/lhdselectcounty.shtml
About Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 350 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense and STEM education and coastal sustainability. The university is the fastest-rising college in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of the best national universities, and it is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs, and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.