Classes continue as usual after confirmed mumps diagnosis
Classes continued as usual Monday after the Waco Independent School District disinfected two campuses overnight following a confirmation of a case of mumps at one school and the possible exposure of a student at the other.
The Waco Independent School District disinfected two campuses Monday night after a confirmed case of mumps at one school and the possible exposure of a student at the other.
Parents were notified Monday evening after a case of mumps was confirmed at Bell’s Hill Elementary School and a report that a University High School student may have been exposed to the virus.
Classes continued as normal Tuesday.
Infected people without symptoms of mumps may still be able to transmit the virus.
"The thing that makes mumps a little more difficult is that the incubation period is fairly long. It can be anywhere from two to four weeks, so somebody can be contagious but yet not realize (it),” McLennan County Medical Society President Dr. Scott Warren said Tuesday.
The Texas Department of Health and Human Services issued an advisory last month that showed 221 confirmed cases of the mumps, the highest number in the state in 22 years.
Experts said the number of parents who choose not to vaccinate their children is also increasing but doctors still advise parents to make sure their kids are vaccinated.
"We've seen a 99 percent reduction in the months since the vaccine was introduced."
The mumps vaccine is required for students enrolling in school.
However, parents who choose to not vaccinate their children must apply for waivers, which are usually granted on the bases of medical condition and religious beliefs.
Mumps typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, followed by swollen salivary glands, but some people who get the virus have very mild or no symptoms.
The district advised parents of children who exhibit any of the symptoms to contact their health care providers.
Anyone who’s diagnosed with or suspect of having mumps should stay home for five days after the onset of swollen salivary glands, the district said.