ST. GEORGE (ABC4 News) – Health officials in Southern Utah are urging people to get vaccinated, after a case of the mumps was apparently discovered at one St. George elementary school.
The student, who contracted the illness last month is said to be doing OK, but school district authorities aren’t clear on how the student got it in the first place.
The district sent a letter home with children who went to the affected school, but it does not appear that any further cases were discovered says Steve Dunham with Washington County schools.
“We had a student who hadn’t been feeling well. Fortunately for us, the parents knew their student wasn’t well, they’d kept them home for several days,” said Dunham.
Dr. David Blodgett with Southwestern Utah Public Health says this can be a teachable moment.
“We’re encouraging everyone to get their vaccinations. That’s the single best way to prevent the spread of all these diseases.”
Mumps is rarely deadly but can be dangerous if left unchecked. Symptoms can include swollen glands, headache, fever, and loss of appetite. Most of the people who contract it, do recover.