CHERRY HILL — Students at a South Jersey high school have been warned about a case of mumps being identified in the school.

Principal David Perry told parents about the single case in a notice posted on the school's website, but did not offer any details, including if the student, faculty, or support staff came down with mumps.

According to the CDC, mumps is a contagious disease brought on by a virus that starts with a fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite followed by swollen glands. Symptoms typically show 16 to 18 days after infection but can appear sooner, or as much as nearly a month later.

However, one can be infected with mumps with mild or no symptoms.

Children and adults with up-to-date MMR vaccinations will not be infected by mumps.

"As a precautionary measure, our classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned. We will continue to monitor the situation at school," Perry wrote, asking parents to keep their children home if they suspect they have mumps.

Cases of measles were reported in Passaic and Jersey City in January.

 

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