SUNY New Paltz health officials have confirmed that nine students have come down with the mumps, with eight of the nine being members of the school's swim team.
"Eight of the nine confirmed cases are swimming-related," said Melissa Kaczmarek, SUNY New Paltz's director of Media Relations "The pool is open to the public, but swimmers are not using the pool."
Swim meets for the month of November have been cancelled, she added.
Dr. Jack Ordway, director of Student Health Services, said in the letter to students that the nine students, who had been immunized against the mumps, have been isolated for the recommended period of time, and that a small number of students who have not been immunized have been sent home.
The respiratory virus causes painful swelling of the salivary glands near the ears and under the jaws. In addition to the swelling, other symptoms can include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and decreased appetite, Ordway said.
The school has cancelled campus tours in three affected residence halls until further notice. Other campus tours and general information sessions will continue.
"Immunizations work, but are not 100 percent effective," Ordway said in the letter. "If you plan to visit, please check your immunization records to ensure they are up to date."
The mumps virus is spread through close contact, sharing of utensils or drinking glasses, and saliva contact.
For general information about the school or tours, call 845-257-3200.
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