Case of mumps reported at Amy Beverland Elementary School

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 19, 2016)– A case of mumps was reported at Amy Beverland Elementary School Friday.

Parents received an email and voicemail from the school’s guest principal Connie Thomas saying there was a confirmed case of mumps in an adult at the school.

The infected person has not been at the school since Tuesday, Thomas said.

This comes as several local universities are dealing with mumps cases. Butler, IU and IUPUI all reported cases this month.

In response to the surge in cases, the Indiana State Department of Health has set up a hotline for anyone with questions about the mumps outbreak. The number to call is 877-826-0011. The agency said it’s working with university officials and county health departments to identify potential additional cases and prevent the spread of mumps.

Symptoms for mumps include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite and swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mumps is spread from direct and indirect contact with an infected person’s respiratory droplets, which can be transmitted through sneezing and coughing. People with mumps can spread the illness for up to two days before and five days after symptoms appear.

A virus causes the mumps, meaning antibiotics are ineffective. Treatment focuses on alleviating symptoms; recommendations include bed rest, a soft diet and a pain reliever for body aches.

Symptoms typically appear 16 to 18 days after infection but can range from 12 to 25. In most cases, those infected with mumps will experience a mild illness and some may not have any symptoms at all. Rarely—in about 1 to 3 percent of cases—patients will have complications or more serious issues.