To: Dalhousie University students, faculty and staff (Halifax)
From: Dr. Glenn Andrea, Medical Director, Student Health and Wellness Centre
Date: November 2, 2017
Re: Important notice from the Nova Scotia Health Authority - Public Health
The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is always a prime consideration. We have been in contact with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and have been asked to share some important information with you. We look to the expertise of Public Health for guidance and advice and we take our lead from them on protocols and procedures around communicable diseases, such as Mumps.
Public Health manages many communicable diseases to prevent their spread and protect the health of the public. They have been notified of two confirmed cases of mumps at Dalhousie University, as well as other suspect and confirmed cases in the Halifax area with links to the university.
About the Mumps
Mumps is caused by a virus. It is spread through direct and indirect contact with infected discharge from the nose and throat, such as when an infected person coughs or sneezes on or near another person, or when an infected person shares food or drink with others.
Symptoms of mumps typically appear two to three weeks after exposure to the virus. Symptoms may include swelling and pain in the glands at the angle of the jaw, fever, headache, and aching muscles and joints. More severe symptoms, such as severe headache, stiff neck, painful or swollen testicles, or severe abdominal pain, may also occur and should be assessed by a physician right away.
What to do
If you experience symptoms please contact Public Health at 902-481-5800 and seek care from your family physician. Students, please visit the Student Health and Wellness Centre, LeMarchant Place, 2nd Floor, LeMarchant Street. Your physician can diagnose mumps with an exam and lab tests.
Mumps can be prevented through vaccination. The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent mumps, and is available at no cost through your family doctor. Please ensure you are up-to-date with your vaccinations, including MMR. Your family doctor or Public Health office can help you determine if you are adequately protected. Students, please visit the Student Health and Wellness Centre, LeMarchant Place, 2nd Floor, LeMarchant Street for more information.
You should also avoid sharing food and drinks with others.
If you have any questions, please speak with your healthcare provider or contact Public Health at 902-481-5800.