Please read the following information and recommendations as a precautionary measure to help stop the potential spread of mumps.
How mumps is spread
Mumps virus is spread when an infected person talks, coughs or sneezes small droplets containing infectious agents into the air. The droplets in the air may be breathed in by those nearby. Infection may be spread by contact with hands, tissues and other articles soiled by infected nose and throat discharges. Mumps virus is also spread by direct contact with the saliva of an infected person.
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of mumps are vague at the onset of illness and may last for 3-4 days: low-grade fever, body aches, headache, lack of appetite, and listlessness. Symptoms appear 12 to 25 days after exposure to an infected person. Parotitis (inflammation and swelling of the salivary glands) may occur on one or both sides of the face. The child may complain of earache or tenderness at the angle of the jaw. Infected persons are most contagious just prior to, and for several days after, the onset of swelling.
Severe complications from mumps are rare, but they may occur. Mumps can cause swollen testicles in some teenage and adult males.
Practice proper hand hygiene
And if you do have symptoms, try to avoid contact with other people
Use of cough/sneeze etiquette, including disposal of used tissue.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Hunt County Health Department, Medical Services 903-455-4433, your School Nurse or GISD Health Services Coordinator at 903-408-4448.
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