Mumps Reported in Nebraska

September 6, 2019

It has been reported that there is a confirmed case of the mumps in Pender Public Schools, Pender Nebraska. The student was actually immunized with the MMR vaccine, so the symptoms should be lessened. So, a person not immunized can expect worse symptoms. People who have been fully vaccinated are about nine times less likely to get mumps than unvaccinated people who have the same exposure to the mumps virus, but they can still get and pass the virus.  A person can be contagious for a few days prior to the onset of any symptoms.

The incubation period (the period between exposure and appearance of first symptoms) that ranges from 12-28 days, but parotitis (swollen glands under the jaw) typically develops 16-18 days after exposure.

Mumps usually causes the following symptoms for 7 to 10 days;

  • Parotitis (Swollen glands under the jaw)
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Some people who get mumps do not have symptoms. Others may feel sick but will not have swollen glands.

If your student has the symptoms listed above, they must be kept home from school for a minimum of 5 days or until symptoms have gone away. Parents please communicate with the school personnel if your student is experiencing these symptoms. It is also recommended to see your healthcare professional and have a note faxed to the school.

Mumps is usually spread through coughing and sneezing. Mumps can spread approximately 3 days before swollen glands appear and up to 5 days afterwards. Mumps can spread through the saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat of an infected person when he or she:

  • Coughs, sneezes or talks
  • Shares items such a drinking cups or eating utensils with others
  • Touches objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others.  

We are asking that parents remain vigilant in monitoring your students for any of these symptoms. If you have any questions you can contact your school nurse or your healthcare provider. Remember to use good handwashing and cover your cough and sneezes.