Mumps

Know the Signs and Symptoms of Mumps

The University Health Center has diagnosed one UGA student with the mumps.
The student is responding to treatment and does not pose a threat to the rest of the community.

Although 99 percent of students who matriculated in the past five years at the University of Georgia have received CDC-recommended vaccines to prevent mumps or have had blood tests indicating they are immune, as a precaution the university has posted the following information about mumps:

    The most common symptoms include:
  • Swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides (parotitis)
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite

If you are sick and think it might be Mumps, please call (706-542-1162) and speak with the nurse in your primary care Medical Clinic (Blue, Green, Gold, or Red).

This is a highly contagious disease that usually resolves without antibiotics or antiviral medication in 5 days. 

We recommend students strictly isolate themselves when ill, not attend classes, ride the bus or eat in dining halls. It is preferred that students return to their family home if that is feasible. Treatment usually involves analgesics, like acetaminophen (Tylenol) and warm or cold packs applied to painful swollen glands.

The health and safety of our students is a top priority. The university will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide updates as necessary.

For more information on mumps:  www.cdc.gov/mumps/about/signs-symptoms.html