January 30, 2017
Dear Neah-Kah-Nie School District Parents/Guardians:
The Tillamook County Community Health Center and the Neah-Kah-Nie School District would like to inform parents of the mumps virus. There are no confirmed mumps cases involving Neah-Kah-Nie School District students; however, there are outbreaks of the mumps virus in school districts in Washington State. The purpose of this letter is to inform parents as a precaution.
Mumps is a contagious disease that is caused by the mumps virus. Mumps usually starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite and is followed by swelling of the salivary glands under the ears and jaw.
The mumps virus is spread from person to person by contact with the saliva or mucus of an infected person when the person coughs, sneezes, or talks. The incubation time (how long it takes for symptoms to appear after a person is exposed to the virus) can range from 12 to 25 days. Most mumps transmission likely occurs before the salivary glands begin to swell up, typically two days, and up to five days, after the swelling begins.
There is no cure for the mumps, only supportive treatment for symptoms including rest, fluids, and fever reducing medications. Only a health care provider can diagnose and test for mumps. Please contact your child’s health care provider if your child develops symptoms.
Some ways to help prevent the spread of mumps and other infectious diseases: Wash hands frequently with soap/water, cover your cough, don’t share cups or utensils, frequently clean high‑touch areas like door knobs, and stay home when sick.
Vaccination is the best protection from getting the mumps. The mumps vaccine is included in the combination measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Students who have not been fully immunized with two doses of the mumps-containing vaccine should call their healthcare provider and make arrangements to get immunized.
Melissa Paulissen, M.D.
Tillamook County Community Health Centers
Or Cerisa Albrechtsen, Neah-Kah-Nie School Nurse, 503-812-8709