Student diagnosed with mumps at William Penn High School; others at risk because of vaccine status

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Natalia Alamdari - The News Journal


One William Penn High School student has been diagnosed with the mumps, Colonial School District officials said Thursday.


The last date that other students at the school may have been exposed to the student was Jan. 28.


Out of William Penn's 2,200 students, school officials have contacted 16 families of students who are at a heightened risk for the mumps because of their immunization status.


The district said symptoms of mumps include fever; headache; body aches; loss of appetite and swelling of salivary glands on the insides of the cheeks, floor of the mouth and under the tongue. Mumps symptoms could develop 12 to 25 days after exposure.


Mumps is spread through drops of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat of an infected person. This is usually spread when the person coughs, sneezes or talks. The virus may also be spread when someone with mumps touches items without washing their hands, and if someone else then touches the same surface and rubs their nose or mouth.


Any student or household member who has or develops symptoms should be kept at home. All students should follow good hand-washing practices.


The district advises that parents review students' immunization records to ensure their mumps vaccinations are up to date. If a child has received a single dose of the mumps vaccine, a second dose is recommended as soon as possible.


Families with questions should contact their physician or the Division of Public health at 302-744-4990.


Natalia Alamdari covers education for The News Journal. You can reach her at (302) 324-2312 or nalamdari@delawareonline.com.

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