Lessons from managing a campus mumps outbreak using test, trace, and isolate efforts

Nita Bharti, Cara Exten, Valerie Fulton, Robin Oliver-Veronesi

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In 2017, Penn State University's campus experienced a mumps outbreak that coincided with unrelated restrictions on social gatherings. University Health Services implemented testing, contact tracing, and quarantine and isolation protocols. Approximately half of the supplied contact tracing information was usable, ∼70% of identified contacts were reached, and <50% of those contacted complied with quarantine protocol. Students with confirmed mumps reported ∼7.4 (1-35) contacts on average. Findings from this outbreak can inform future outbreak management on college campuses, including COVID-19, by estimating average contacts per case, planning capacity for testing and quarantine/isolation, and strategically increasing compliance with suggested interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican journal of infection control
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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