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Mumps Outbreak Arrives In Pierce County
Mumps Outbreak Arrives In Pierce County
Posted on 01/13/2017
Mumps is a contagious viral illness most effectively prevented through immunization. Parents are encouraged to ensure all family members are up to date on measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccinations. 

Pierce County Health Department (PCHD) continues to investigate mumps cases among residents. On January 5 and 6 two cases within the Puyallup School District were confirmed by PCHD. Upon confirmation letters were sent home with students who were possibly exposed.

Once a case of the mumps is confirmed by the PCHD the district begins a review of health records for all students in the affected school. To protect the community from the spread of mumps, district leadership may begin a process of excluding students and staff from school.

Parents of students without documentation of immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) will receive an additional letter informing them of the date upon which exclusion from school will begin. Upon receiving the first dose of the MMR vaccine the student may return to school.

Exemptions for personal, medical, or religious reasons will be honored. However, students with such exemptions will be excluded from attending school for 25 days after the most recent case of mumps has been confirmed by the PCHD in their school.

Mumps is a highly contagious viral illness. An infected person can spread it through face-to-face contact by coughing, sneezing, or spraying saliva while talking. 

Student safety remains the top priority of the Puyallup School District. Parents and community members are asked to help safeguard the school community from the spread of mumps by doing all they can to protect others from the illness.