NEW PALTZ, New York (WABC) --Officials at SUNY New Paltz say the student health service has now confirmed 32 cases of mumps on campus.
Mumps cases were first reported at the college on October 7th.
Officials are taking several steps to try and prevent any more infections.
Several swim team members have been infected and the team will not compete for the rest of the semester.
The school says that "Per campus protocol, the affected students, who have been immunized against mumps, have been isolated for the recommended period of time. Student athletes and resident students, in particular, have been educated about how to reduce exposure to mumps. Immunizations work but are not 100% effective."
20 students who have not been immunized have been sent home until Dec. 23.
Mumps is caused by a respiratory virus, whose symptoms include painful swelling of the salivary glands near the ears and under the jaw, which can occur on one or both sides of the face. This swelling may be associated with other non-specific symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and decreased appetite.
The transmission of mumps is through close contact, sharing of utensils, drinking glasses, and saliva contact (kissing). Washing hands is recommended per the Centers for Disease Control.
Anyone with questions is asked to contact Student Health Service at (845) 257-3400.