- Body aches
- Fatigue and weakness
The Student Health Center at Villanova University provides a safe, caring, respectful, and confidential environment and advocates healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices.
Located in the Health Services Building at the Villanova University main entrance on Ithan Avenue, across from The Pavilion and Bartley Hall, the Health Services Building also houses the Counseling Center and the Office of Health Promotion.
As of March 22, 2019, 74 cases of the mumps virus have been confirmed in the Philadelphia area. No Villanova student has reported symptoms of the mumps. We hope this information is helpful about the virus, its symptoms, the treatment and prevention of contracting the illness.
Mumps is an infectious disease caused by a virus. It can result in high fever, headaches, muscle aches, fatigue, decreased appetite, and the tell-tale sign of swelling of one or both parotid salivary glands in the cheek and jaw area below the ear. Symptoms usually appear about 16-18 days after exposure to infection, but can range from 12-25 days after exposure. Persons infected with mumps are most contagious from three days before the onset of their symptoms to five days after their symptoms began. Some people who get mumps have very mild symptoms. Most people with mumps recover completely in a few weeks. Mumps can occasionally cause complications, especially in adults. Complications include deafness, inflammation of the testicles, ovaries, brain, and tissue covering the brain.
Mumps is highly contagious and is spread through saliva or mucus from the mouth nose or throat. An infected person can spread the virus by: coughing, sneezing, talking or kissing; sharing items such as drinks, cigarettes or eating utensils; and touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others shortly after.
To prevent the spread of the mumps virus: wash your hands frequently, don’t share food, beverages, eating utensils or cigarettes. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze, and avoid close contact with ill individuals. Clean and disinfect surfaces.
Mumps can be prevented with the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine series. The vaccines are usually given as part of routine childhood immunizations. Most students at Villanova University have been fully immunized with the MMR series, however this does not mean they are completely immune. The mumps vaccine is usually recommended for persons 12 months or older born after 1957. Two doses of the vaccine are recommended. If you are vaccinated with the MMR vaccine, your risk of mumps infection is lower; however, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms because even fully vaccinated individuals can get the illness. Talk to your healthcare provider about getting vaccinated if you haven’t already been vaccinated.
Persons with symptoms should avoid contact with others. They should not go to work or school. Students should call the Student Health Center at 610-519-4070 immediately. The Student Health Center is open 24/7. Students experiencing symptoms should wear a mask while in the waiting room. Masks are available in the waiting room. Faculty and staff who develop symptoms should consult with their healthcare providers. Any students, faculty or staff who develop parotid symptoms please notify the Student Health Center.