Mumps Confirmed at Nova High School

Confirmed Case of Mumps at Nova High School
Posted on 12/28/2016
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Confirmed case of mumps at Nova 

The Public Health Department of Seattle & King County has confirmed a student who attends Nova High School has been diagnosed with mumps.

Public Health officials believe the case may be linked to the ongoing outbreak in the Auburn School District.

No other cases have been confirmed in Seattle Public Schools. The district is working closely with Public Health officials to monitor the situation and communicate the latest information.

At this time Public Health is not recommending exclusion of children with vaccine exemptions. This may change if there are additional cases in schools. If your child does not have two doses of MMR vaccine please contact your health care provider to discuss vaccination. If you are unsure of your child's vaccination status please contact your health care provider.

What is mumps?

Mumps is an illness caused by a virus that can cause fever, headache, and swelling of the cheeks and jaw. In rare cases, mumps can lead to more serious complications that may require hospitalization.

How is mumps spread?

A person with mumps can spread the virus by coughing, sneezing, or talking. It can also be spread by sharing cups or eating utensils, and by touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others.

Who is at risk of getting mumps?

- Infants who are too young to receive mumps vaccine

- Children over one year of age who have not received at least one dose of MMR

- Adults born after 1957 who have not been vaccinated or have not previously had mumps disease

There is much more general information on Public Health's website:

www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health.aspx

www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/mumps.aspx

Thank you,

Seattle Public Schools

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