Otago Polytechnic

Stop Mumps spreading

There are cases of Mumps in Dunedin. Mumps is an acute viral illness.  

What is Mumps? 

Mumps is spread through the air by coughing and sneezing, or through contact with infected saliva. 

Symptoms include: 

  • Pain in the jaw 
  • Fever 
  • Headache 
  • Swelling of the glands around the face 

The disease is highly contagious -- so it is imperative that you stay at home if you or your whanau feel unwell. Please encourage others to stay home if they are unwell, too. 

  • If you’ve caught Mumps, it usually takes 12–25 days before you get sick. You’ll be most infectious from 2 days before swelling appears until 5 days after. From 9 days after the start of swelling people who had mumps can no longer pass it on to anyone else.
  • If you suspect you have Mumps, you should stay home for 5 days after swelling develops. If you are unwell after 5 days, remain at home.  
  • Advise people you have been in contact with, so that they can contact their health professionals.  
  • If you have been in contact with people who have gone on to contract Mumps, please contact Student Health or your GP.  
What if I think I have Mumps? 

If you suspect you have Mumps, please do the following: 

Dunedin students

  • Contact Student Health (03) 479 6082 (please call ahead -- don't just turn up). 
  • Student Health has vaccine available for any student who has not previously had 2 MMRs. 

Central students

AIC students

Distance students

  • Please contact your GP.    
Am I immune? 
  • Anyone born in New Zealand prior to 1981 is expected to be immune.  
  • Anyone born in New Zealand since 1981 will have been offered two MMR vaccine during childhood, so if you have had all your immunisations as a child, you are probably protected. If you have had mumps illness before, you will also be protected. Check with your parents or GP Practice if unsure. 

For more information visit the Ministry of Health website: www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/mumps