Ali RosenNov 2, 2016, 8:25 amNov 3, 2016, 7:14 am

Mumps outbreak forces cancellation of SUNY New Paltz swim meets and workouts

Athletic director: School is looking into more confirmed cases before athletes are allowed to swim

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A string of mumps cases at SUNY New Paltz temporarily shut down a part of the campus.

The mumps is a respiratory virus, with symptoms including painful swelling of the salivary glands, fever, headache, and muscle ache.

The SUNY New Paltz athletic director recently issued a statement that says they have suspended swim practices and workouts until Friday to see if any more confirmed cases of the mumps before they're allowed back in the pool.

Their recent swim meets in Ramapo and New Jersey have been canceled. Even the annual trick-or-treating event on campus was canceled due to the outbreak.

But the state's health department indicated that the pool did not need to be closed indefinitely because it’s unlikely someone can contract the disease by swimming.

The department says the disease is contagious through close contact, sharing utensils, or saliva contact.

But for now all those associated with the schools swimming program are however, asked to stay away from the pool.

SUNY New Paltz students are required to get the mumps/measles vaccination before they attend school, unless they are exempt for religious reasons.

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