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No mumps vaccine - no school?

SPOKANE, Wash. - Dozens of Spokane students will be forced to leave school starting next week because of an outbreak of mumps.

Statewide, almost 200 people have mumps right now.  Spokane County alone has 36 probable and confirmed cases of the mumps.  That's up 5 from yesterday.

When there are multiple cases at a specific school, students who have not had the vaccine, or can't otherwise prove they're immune will be asked to stay home from school for up to 25 days starting 12 days after the first exposure at that specific school.

Spokane public schools confirms that will happen next week at Rogers High School and Regal Elementary School.  East Valley School District says an exclusion will start at Trent Elementary on Tuesday.  Exclusions are in the works at at least one school in the Mead School District.

Families and staff at affected schools have all been notified.

Four things to know about mumps:
It is a contagious disease caused by a virus.
Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches and a swollen jawline.
It's typically mild in children, but can cause serious complications in adults.
In the worst cases, mumps can cause deafness, miscarriage in the first trimester, and even meningitis.
 


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