HILLIARD, Ohio (WTVN) -- Three suspected cases of mumps prompted Hilliard City Schools to send a note home to parents Monday.
The cases were found at three schools: J.W. Reason Elementary, Brown Elementary, and Hilliard Bradley High School.
Central Ohio has seen more than 340 cases, just over 200 are linked to an outbreak at Ohio State University.
Students who don't have two doses of the MMR vaccine may need to remain at home for at least 25 days after the onset of symptoms in the last person with mumps in the affected school.
Health officials hope that the spread of the highly contagious virus will slow down over the summer.
May 12, 2014
Dear Hilliard Schools Parents,
As you may be aware, Central Ohio is experiencing a health concern related to more than 300 cases of mumps. Hilliard Schools is investigating three cases, one at J.W. Reason Elementary, one at Brown Elementary and one at Hilliard Bradley High School. Hilliard Schools is partnering with the Franklin County Public Health Department to educate parents about this illness and what you can do to protect your children.
According to The Franklin County Public Health Department, mumps is a viral illness that affects the salivary glands. It is spread by droplets of saliva or mucous from the mouth, nose or throat of an infected person, usually when the person coughs, sneezes or talks. Items used by an infected person such as cups/straws, soft drink cans or utensils can also be contaminated with the virus. Symptoms include fever, body aches, headaches and swelling of the salivary glands. About a third of people who contract the mumps virus do not develop symptoms.
The Franklin County Public Health department is recommending that every child have the MMR vaccine to protect against the mumps. While no vaccine provides 100 percent protection, two doses of the mumps vaccine are 88 percent effective. If your child has not been fully immunized, please feel free to contact your healthcare provider or your local health department. If your child’s school immunization records indicate he/she has not received two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine which protects against the mumps, it may become necessary for your child to remain at home for at least 25 days after the onset of symptoms in the last person with mumps in the affected school.
Should you have any questions, please contact the Franklin County Public Health Department or your school nurse. Thank you!
Director of Student Support Services