There are now two cases of mumps in Yankton’s schools, according to administrators at the Yankton School District (YSD).
Kathy Wagner, the director of Student Services, told the Press & Dakotan Wednesday that one case was at Webster Elementary School and the other at Lincoln.
Both cases were confirmed last week, she said. She did not say whether the mumps patients are children or adults, nor is it known when they were exposed or how much contact they had with others in those schools.
“As soon as the district was notified of a confirmed mumps case, the South Dakota Department of Health, Yankton County health officer and the Yankton Medical Clinic were contacted and the appropriate response was taken,” Wagner told the Press & Dakotan. “We will continue to work closely with these agencies while monitoring any new cases that may arise and respond accordingly.
“The district sincerely appreciates parents keeping their child’s school informed. Everyone working together to monitor for symptoms of the mumps should help limit additional exposures.”
Families of children at Webster School were notified by Principal Melanie Ryken Tuesday of a reported case of mumps at the school.
Wednesday morning, a similar letter was sent to all school district parents by the other principals indicating that the number of cases of mumps had risen to two.
Nearly 30 cases of mumps were reported in early September among attendees of a wedding in Nebraska. Some of those who contracted mumps were Yankton County residents.
It is still not known if the Yankton School District mumps cases are related to the earlier outbreak.
Mumps is spread by a virus through saliva, sneezing, coughing or sharing utensils or cups, or by touching a contaminated surface. The virus is highly contagious.
Symptoms of mumps include swollen salivary glands, which cause swollen cheeks, neck and a tender and swollen jaw. Mumps may also cause fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, swelling, ear ache/pain, respiratory symptoms and loss of appetite.
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