Officials confirm case of mumps at Florida middle school

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FILE – In this March 27, 2019, file photo, a woman receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y. Measles cases in the U.S. this year have climbed to the highest level in 25 years, according to preliminary figures, a resurgence attributed largely to misinformation about vaccines. […]

COOPER CITY, Fla. (AP) – Officials have confirmed a case of mumps at a Florida junior high school.

The principal of Pioneer Middle School in Broward County sent a letter to parents Friday saying that students displaying symptoms would be excluded from school until a doctor determined they weren’t contagious.

The letter didn’t say whether the infected person was a student or staff member. The airborne virus is transmitted through the inhalation of infected salvia droplets released during coughing or sneezing or by direct contact with the saliva of an infected person.

Signs and symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, loss of appetite, weakness, earache and swelling in the neck or jaw. The incubation period is from two to three weeks.

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