Health department suspects mumps in Wasatch County student

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WASATCH COUNTY (ABC4 News) – The Wasatch County Health Department released a statement about a suspected case of mumps.

The virus is suspected in a “fully-immunized student at Old Mill Elementary School that occurred between May 6-13, 2019.”

Wasatch County School District’s Health Services Department was notified by the parents of the student’s situation on Wednesday, May 15, after receiving information from their physician’s office.

Upon notification and per Wasatch County School District protocol, the school nurse worked with the health department to determine the status of the case and the appropriate actions to take.

The case was eventually classified as a suspected case of mumps.

“Due to the nature of the case being both isolated and suspected, the Wasatch County Health Department has recommended no students be excluded from school at this point. District personnel and the Wasatch County Health Department will continue to closely monitor the situation and notify parents/guardians immediately of any changes to this recommendation,” said the Wasatch County School District and Wasatch County Health Department in a joint statement. 

Mumps is a viral illness with an incubation period of 16-18 days. Due to the timeline of the possible exposure, the district is suggesting parents/guardians at the affected school monitor their children over the next two weeks for the signs and symptoms of mumps, including:

  • Pain, tenderness, and swelling in one or both cheek or jaw areas
  • Swelling, usually peaking in 1-3 days and then subsiding during the next week
  • Low-grade fever lasting 3-4 days
  • Difficulty eating
  • Tiredness
  • Headache

Anyone experiencing swelling of the cheek or jaw in combination with any of the above symptoms should call their healthcare provider immediately, and should notify them of the symptoms prior to arriving. 

Health officials say the best method of prevention for mumps is via the MMR vaccine. Those who wish to ensure they are fully immunized may do so either through their local health department or healthcare provider.

Officials also say mumps should not be mistaken for the widely publicized virus, measles. There are currently no confirmed or suspected cases of measles in Utah.

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