Third case of mumps confirmed at a high school in South Carolina

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ANDERSON Co., SC (WSPA) – Anderson County School District 5 officials confirmed a new case of mumps at one high school. 

Kyle Newton with Anderson District 5 said the third case of mumps was at Westside High School.

Newton said the school district received a letter from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control on Tuesday.

Letters were sent home with students on Wednesday.

A copy of the letter from DHEC is below:

According to Newton, this is the third confirmed case of mumps this school year.

Those infected had reportedly received the vaccine. 

We reported on the second confirmed case of mumps last month.

According to DHEC, cases of mumps nationwide among young adults could indicate waning immunity in the years after they’re vaccinated. 

Health experts say vaccines are still the best way to prevent mumps. The virus typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, and loss of appetite. Then, most people’s saliva glands swell, giving them puffy cheeks and a swollen jaw. 

In South Carolina, two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine are required for students entering kindergarten through 12th grade. Two doses of the mumps vaccine are about 88 percent effective, according to DHEC. However, those who have been vaccinated typically get less sick, and are therefore less likely to spread the mumps to others. 

“One thing that we’re doing this week is there’s actually going to be some DHEC professionals coming into the school, just to talk to staff, you know if staff has any questions about what’s going on,” Newton said. “If they have any medical type questions or questions about immunization, obviously DHEC’s a much better placed to answer those types of questions than we are, school officials.”

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