Glendale elementary student diagnosed with rare case of mumps

CREATED Nov. 14, 2012

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GLENDALE- A rare case of the mumps has been diagnosed at Glendale's Parkway Elementary School, according to a letter sent Wednesday by the school's principal to parents and guardians.

The letter states that this is a "rare case" because the K4 student has already received a first vaccine for MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella).  The second dose of the vaccine is given between age 4 and 6.

The principal then writes, "All children that attend school are vaccinated for Mumps as part of the MMR vaccine unless you have chosen for religious, medical or personal reasons to waive this vaccine."

The letter doesn't say if any other students have been impacted by the mumps.

Mumps is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that is spread through the air by coughing or contact with infected fluids from the mouth or nose.

Please contact your health care provider if any of the following signs/symptoms are observed in your child or other family member.

Swelling and tenderness of one or more of the glands usually located in front of and below the ears by the curve of the jaw.

A couple of days prior to the glands swelling, a low-grade fever may be present and your child may experience muscle aches, lack of appetite, headache and/or earache.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Mumps feel free to contact the North Shore Health Department at 414-371-2980 or your child's physician.

Back in September, a rare case of the mumps was reported at Marquette University.