Woodbridge School Warns Students and Staff About Mumps Exposure

A school in Woodbridge is warning staff and students about the potential for mumps exposure.

One person was diagnosed with mumps at the Amity High School on Newton Road the week of Dec. 5, according to the Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD). Officials would not say if it was a student or staff member. 

The QVHD said the person was cleared to go back into the community on Dec. 11 as long as they felt well. 

While no one has come forward with symptoms, officials warn that others may experience symptoms as late as Dec. 29.

Most people recover completely in a few weeks. Symptoms typically appear 16 to 18 days after infection, but could be longer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website reads.

Puffy cheeks, fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, swollen jaw and swollen salivary glands under the ears are all symptoms of the mumps, according to the CDC.

Someone can spread the disease by coughing, sneezing, talking, sharing items like cups, and touching objects with unwashed hands. 

Normally, people get two doses of MMR vaccine for mumps and is proven to be about an 88 percent effective, QVHD said. 

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