Case of mumps reported at a Glendale elementary school

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by Becky Mortensen
by Jordan Dimovski

GLENDALE---A nurse from Parkway Elementary School confirms that a K4 student at the school was diagnosed with having a rare case of mumps.

A letter was sent home to parents on Wednesday afternoon with information about watch out for and tips about mumps.
By Thursday afternoon, the child with mumps was back in class. School officials tell CBS 58 that generally, most cases of mumps resolve in about 5 or 6 days.

The incubation period of mumps is anywhere from 12 to 25 days, so parents of Parkway students will still need to keep an eye on their kids for a while.

The North Shore Health Department says they are investigating the reported case of mumps. They say they can't officially confirm the diagnosis of mumps made by the doctor yet.

The letter sent home to parents is as follows:

A case of Mumps has been diagnosed in a K4 student at Parkway School. This is a rare case due to the fact that this student has already received a first vaccine for MMR. All children that attend school are vaccinated for Mumps as part of the MMR vaccine unless you have chosen for religious, medical or personal reasons to waive this vaccine. The second dose of the vaccine is given between age 4 and 6.

Mumps is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that is spread through the air by coughing or contact with infected fluids from the mouth or nose.

Please contact your health care provider if any of the following signs / symptoms are observed in your child or other family member.

Swelling and tenderness of one or more of the glands usually located in front of and below the ears by the curve of the jaw.

A couple of days prior to the glands swelling, a low-grade fever may be present and your child may experience muscle aches, lack of appetite, headache and/or earache.

Symptoms usually appear 16-18 days after exposure but may appear as early as 12 or as late as 25 days.

If you observe any of the above symptoms, please keep your child home and contact his/her health care provider. Feel free to show this letter to your health care provider so they know to screen for Mumps when your child is seen. If Mumps is diagnosed please follow your Doctor’s orders and contact Kaela Buraczewski, the Health Secretary at Parkway school 351-7190 ext. 2003.

Provided your child does NOT have any of the above signs / symptoms please note that Mumps is a virus and therefore cannot be treated with antibiotics. The Health Department strongly urges all children who have had only one dose of the MMR vaccine to get a second MMR.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Mumps feel free to contact the North Shore Health Department at 414-371-2980 or your child’s physician.

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