Feb 27, 2016 3:33 PM

Saint Anselm confirms mumps cases on men's hockey team

MANCHESTER - Three cases of mumps have been confirmed and two potential cases are awaiting lab results at Saint Anselm College.

According to Saint Anselm's Director of Health Services, Maura Marshall, the three diagnosed cases were on the Hawks Men's Ice Hockey Team.

Marshall said that how the students got the mumps is a mystery. "These students were all vaccinated."

The state's Division of Public Health Services has issued an alert and -- since this is spring break week at the college -- has contacted the places where members of the hockey team will be visiting. Saint Anselm students also received an email notifying them of the mumps outbreak.

Marshall said that since mumps has an incubation period of 25 days, "we could still see students coming up with symptoms."

Marshall said there are two tests for mumps, a swab and blood test. Marshall said two of the students tested positive on the swab tests, one student was clinically diagnosed, and two students tested negative on the swab tests. Blood test results for all five students are not in yet.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of mumps include fever, fatigue, muscle aches, loss of appetite, headache and swelling of the salivary glands, which gives the trademark swollen cheeks and jaw.

Marshall said anyone who has symptoms should get medical attention. They should also contact the Division of Public Health Services at 271-4496.

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