A Bentley student has tested positive for mumps, according to the Mass. Dept. of Public Health.
The student was sent home while awaiting the test results, which came back within 24 hours and will return to campus in adherance with the Dept. of Health guidelines.
In an email to students, faculty, and staff, the Bentley Center for Health and Wellness wrote, "The Bentley student had been immunized with two doses of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, as have almost all of our students as a pre-matriculation requirement. Two doses of MMR vaccine are 88% effective in preventing mumps according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. However, some immunized individuals, who have been in very close contact with someone who is infected, can still get the disease. This happens rarely and when it does, the disease is usually mild."
" We have checked the immunization records of all roommates and students in the affected student’s classes and groups – they have all had two doses of MMR, " they added.