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Community Message Regarding Mumps

July 4, 2017

To all students, faculty, and staff,

We have one confirmed case of mumps on campus. The infected student is in isolation on campus and is receiving medical attention.

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, followed by swollen salivary glands. Dartmouth students are required to have the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to register for classes, with the exception of students who have a religious, philosophical, or medical exemption for this vaccine.

We are posting this information today to provide you with the information you need to be an active part of the response to prevent the spread of mumps on campus. We are including a link, below, to a fact sheet about the mumps virus and infection, how best to prevent acquiring or spreading the infection, and how to recognize infection in yourself and others.

Should you have concerns for your personal exposure risk or clinical symptoms, whether or not you have been vaccinated, please access health resources as follows:

1. Students should contact the College health service, Dick's House, for advice and to make an appointment to be seen by calling (603) 646-9400.

Dick's House is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday during the summer. A medical provider and counselor are on call 24 hours a day for urgent concerns. For emergency concerns, students should call 911 or Safety and Security, at (603) 646-4000.

2. Faculty, staff and visitors on campus should contact their own primary care provider for further guidance.

3. For those who have been exempted from mumps vaccination for medical, religious, or other reasons, please contact your health care provider for recommendations. Enrolled students who have been exempted should contact Dick's House by calling (603) 646-9400.

Please see the fact sheet from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

You can also find mumps outbreak related questions and answers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Dartmouth College Health Service remains committed to keeping you healthy and safe.


Ann C. Bracken, M.D., Ph.D.

Director of Clinical Medical Services, Dartmouth College Health Service



The Health Services Department is a part of the Division of Student Affairs.

Last Updated: 7/21/17