Romulus School declares no mumps

Tests have come back negative for a Romulus Elementary student believed to have the mumps, the school district announced this week.

Last week, Romulus School Superintendent Martin Rotz sent home a letter with elementary students warning parents of possible exposure to mumps. Proper precautions were taken and the Seneca County Health Department was notified. The student had not been in school since  it was first suspected mumps may be the culprit.

The Seneca County Health Department has confirmed the test results, but parents are encouraged to take precautions and seek medical testing should they suspect their child may be ill with mump-like symptoms.

Caused by a virus, mumps can be transmitted through close contact with saliva or nasal secretions from an infected person’s cough or sneeze, by sharing utensils or by direct contact with infected surfaces. The virus usually causes a person to feel sick and causes a salivary gland between the jaw and ear to swell. An infected individual is contagious from two to three days before the swelling begins until five days after it has begun.

Symptoms include a low grade fever, headache, muscle aches, stiff neck, fatigue, loss of appetite and swelling and tenderness of one or both salivary glands, making chewing painful.

Tammy Whitacre is a reporter for FingerLakes1.com covering Wayne County. Contact her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @FL1_TWhitacre.

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