A case of the mumps, a rare viral disease that spreads person-to-person by droplets, was confirmed on campus last week.
“Folks are usually infectious from a few days before to five days after the onset of jaw swelling, and any person that is suspected of having mumps while waiting for a confirmation diagnosis is typically isolated for that period of five days,” said Michelle Camarena, director of nursing and performance improvement at Campus Health.
An Alert Carolina message reported the dates the student is suspected to have been infectious range from Jan. 11 to 18.
Individuals who may have come into contact with the student have been notified directly.
“I was kind of taken aback at first,” Alapika Jatkar, a junior majoring in neuroscience and chemistry, said. “I got the Alert Carolina like everyone else, but I also got a separate email that basically said, ‘You’ve been identified as a student who may have come in contact with this person and the likelihood of contracting this disease is super low, but if you feel any of the following symptoms, go to the doctor.’”