To: Parents of CHHS students
Re: Notification of Possible Mumps Exposure
Your child may have been recently exposed to mumps by a case identified in one of his/her classes. Mumps is a contagious disease that is spread by respiratory droplets or saliva. It can be spread within 3-6 feet when an infected person coughs or sneezes or by direct contact with infected secretions (e.g. sharing water bottles). Common symptoms of mumps are fever, muscle aches, and swelling of the salivary glands (usually the parotid gland). This may feel like an earache or your child may have painful swelling near his/her cheeks along the jaw or neck.
Persons with mumps are infectious from about two days before the salivary gland swelling appears and up to about five days after. Exposed persons who become infected will develop symptoms 12 to 25 days after their exposure. Please monitor your child for swelling near your cheeks along your jaw and neck, over the next few weeks. If your child develops symptoms of mumps, there are several things he/she should do to help prevent spreading the virus to others:
· If swelling occurs, contact your child’s doctor for testing. Please call ahead to your child’s doctor to inform them that he/she may have a case of mumps, so they can take appropriate infection control precautions before he/she arrives. Inform your school nurse’s office of his/her symptoms.
· If your child is diagnosed with possible mumps, he/she should not attend any classes and should stay at home away from other people for 5 days after the day you first noticed the swelling.
· During the time your child is at home, he/she should minimize close contact with others, especially babies, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems who cannot be vaccinated.
· If your child must be in contact with other people during this 5-day period, he/she should wear a surgical mask.
· Cover his/her mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze.
· Wash hands well and often with soap.
· Do not share drinks or eating utensils.
Dallas County Health and Human Services is currently recommending a third booster dose of MMR vaccine for all students at Cedar Hill High School. Although this MMR dose will not prevent illness in persons who have already been infected, the booster could help prevent mumps if your child has possible future exposures.
Information about mumps is available from the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/mumps/index.html. For questions, please contact your campus nurse or Dallas County Health and Human Services at 214-819-2004.