Mumps Cases at the University of Bayreuth - Information from the public Health Department
University of Bayreuth, Press release No. 142/2019, November 08 2019
According to current knowledge, three cases of mumps have occurred at the University of Bayreuth since October of this year, which, according to the Health Department, must be assumed to be directly related. In order to counter a further outbreak, the university management informs all university members about the cases and disseminates the prevention and action recommendations of the health department of the district office (Landratsamt).
Here are the recommendations of the Bayreuth health office in the wording:
Information on current cases of mumps at the university
Several cases of mumps, in which a direct connection must be assumed, have occurred at the University of Bayreuth since October of this year.
In order to counter a further spread, and ultimately also to prevent potentially severe complications as much as possible, the Health Office would like to provide information and recommendations:
Those who are ill will generally stay away from the university anyway.
It is particularly important to prevent contact with any persons who may be susceptible and/or at risk for the duration of the illness or for at least five days after the onset of the illness (if the symptoms have disappeared by then). Pregnant women and persons with a weakened immune system (e.g. in the context of certain medical treatments or illnesses) are particularly at risk.
Typically, mumps is characterized by a painful one-sided or double-sided inflammatory swelling of the parotid gland (parotis), which lasts about three to eight days. The salivary gland swelling may be preceded by several days of fever, headache, discomfort, muscle pain and loss of appetite.
It should be noted that mumps can be contagious seven days before the onset of symptoms. This means that someone is already infectious for others in the phase in which he/she does not yet show any symptoms.
The (average) incubation period (span from infection to onset of the disease) is 18 days.
Even in otherwise healthy individuals, mumps infections can lead to considerable complications, such as (in extreme cases) dangerous inflammations of the brain.
In men, it is not uncommon for inflammation of the testicles to occur, which in certain cases may result in infertility. Inflammation of the breasts or ovaries may occur in women.
Given this situation, the Health Office recommends checking your vaccination status and, if necessary, getting a vaccination:
• Persons born before 1970 can usually be assumed to have had the disease already, thus vaccination is not necessary.
• Persons who were vaccinated twice during childhood are also considered immune, as are those who received a vaccination in adulthood.
• If a vaccination was carried out after contact within three days, immunity must also be assumed.
As a rule, in certain cases the disease can no longer be prevented by vaccination (after a possible infection). However, you can thereby help prevent spreading it, and the vaccination can alleviate the severity.
Additional detailed information in German can be found on the BzgA website https://www.infektionsschutz.de/erregersteckbriefe/mumps/ or at https://www.impfen.de/impfungen/mumps/
During the opening hours from 7.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Mon/Tues), to 12.00 p.m. (Wed), to 5 p.m. (Thu) and to 1 p.m. (Fri) you can reach the public Health Office by calling 0921/728 - 228 / - 227.
Dr. Gerhard Maerz
Landratsamt (District Office) Bayreuth - Markgrafenallee 5 - 95448 Bayreuth
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