YORK- A case of mumps has been identified in a student at the middle school in York. A letter was sent out to parents yesterday stating:
A confirmed case of mumps has been identified in a child at York Middle School. If your child is vaccinated against mumps, his/her risk of getting mumps is low, but it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of mumps.
Mumps symptoms include swollen glands in front of and below the ear which may last two or more days. Other symptoms may include headache, low-grade fever, and earache. Children who develop the above symptoms should be evaluated by a health care provider.
Mumps is spread by close contact with an infected person through coughing, sneezing, and direct contact with the saliva of an infected person (i.e. sharing cups, eating utensils, etc). People with mumps are most contagious three days before and five days after their symptoms begin.
Children and adults who are not immunized or have not completed the mumps vaccine series [two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR)] should start or continue getting the shots. Please discuss your family’s history of vaccines with your health care provider.
Public Health recommendations include:
1. Monitoring students and staff for signs and symptoms. If anyone develops signs and symptoms of mumps, he/she should be excluded from activities, quarantined for at least 5 days, and evaluated by a health care provider.
2. Vaccinations for those that have not received two doses of MMR vaccine.
3. Good hand hygiene to prevent the spread of mumps.
– Wash hands frequently
– Always cover your nose and mouth when sneezing
– Dispose of used tissues properly and promptly
– Do not share cups, water bottles, eating utensils, etc.
At this point in time, there is no reason to panic. We have met with Four Corners Health and are waiting for a recommendation from the State Department of Health and Human Services regarding school attendance for students that have not been immunized or for students that are more susceptible to illness. As a parent you may elect to not send your student(s) temporarily to York Middle School for safety concerns. Our goal with this letter is to communicate and be transparent with this issue.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact your health care provider or Four Corners Health Department at (402)362-2621. For more information on Mumps, go to www.cdc.gov\mumps .
If you or anyone in your family are experiencing any facial swelling, jaw pain, earache, or for males, testicular swelling, you should refrain from public activities and contact your doctor or other health care provider for evaluation, even if you have been vaccinated.
Kenny Loosvelt – York Middle School Principal