SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – A case of the mumps has been confirmed at one Lowcountry high school.
Dorchester District 2 spokeswoman Patricia Raynor told News 2 that a parent at Summerville High School reported their child has been confirmed with a case of the mumps.
School administrators reported the case to the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and have since followed DHEC regulations in regards to sending a letter to the parents of students who had classes with the infected student.
DHEC said symptoms usually appear about 16-18 days after infection, but can range from 12-25 days after infection. “Some people who get mumps have very mild or no symptoms and often do not know they have the disease,” the letter to parents said.
Mumps is spread through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat. An infected person can spread the virus by: coughing; sneezing; talking; kissing; sharing items such as drinks, cigarettes or eating utensils; or touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others. People with mumps can spread it for two days before the salivary glands begin to swell and five days after the swelling begins.
Persons with swelling in their cheek and jaw should avoid close contact with others, call ahead to their medical provider, and wear a mask while in the waiting room. If you develop symptoms, please notify your health care provider that you were exposed to a confirmed case of mumps.
No other cases have been reported at Summerville High School at this point.