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Romulus warns parents, students of possible mumps exposure

Elementary students in Romulus Central School may have been exposed to mumps, according to a notice sent home with students today.

According to the letter from School Superintendent Martin Rotz, the school was notified that one of its students is being tested for a suspected case of mumps. The possible case has been reported to appropriate officials at the state department of health and the Seneca County Health Department.

The test takes several days to complete, the letter states. The student in question has been kept home from school since it was first suspected mumps may be the culprit, Rotz wrote in the letter

Caused by a virus, mumps can be transmitted through close contact with saliva or nasal secretions from an infected person’s cough or sneeze, by sharing utensils or by direct contact with infected surfaces. The virus usually causes a person to feel sick and causes a salivary gland between the jaw and ear to swell. An infected individual is contagious from two to three days before the swelling begins until five days after it has begun.

Symptoms include a low grade fever, headache, muscle aches, stiff neck, fatigue, loss of appetite and swelling and tenderness of one or both salivary glands, making chewing painful.

Prevention efforts include cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing, washing hands and using hand sanitizers, using tissues, do not share utensils and clean and disinfect surfaces.

For more information about the mumps, visit www.rcs.k12.ny.us.

By Tammy Whitacre, Reporter for FingerLakes1.com. Contact here at tammy@fingerlakes1.com.

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