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2014 - Mumps Outbreak at Stevens Institute of Technology

Situational Update

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 an outbreak of confirmed mumps associated with Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT) in Hoboken, NJ. NJDOH is working with the involved local health departments within NJ to manage the exposures.

As of 05/21/2014, 15 cases of mumps have been identified among students attending Stevens Institute of Technology. Cases range in age from 18 to 22 years and all have received two documented doses of mumps-containing vaccine. Parotitis onset spanned from 04/06/2014 through 05/18/2014. Classes have finished for the semester and letters were sent to students with information on signs/symptoms, infection prevention, and what students should do if they become symptomatic. NJDOH continues to work with the Hoboken Health Department and SIT to monitor the situation over the summer.

Outbreaks can still occur in highly vaccinated U.S. communities, particularly in close-contact settings. In recent years, outbreaks have occurred in schools, colleges, and camps. However, high vaccination coverage helps limit the size, duration, and spread of mumps outbreaks.

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