Mumps, meningitis reported at STL area schools

The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. (Photo by Illustration Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Two schools in the St. Louis area have reported students falling ill with mumps, and another school reported a case of viral meningitis.

Cases of the mumps have been confirmed at both West Elementary in Alton, Ill. and Trenton Elementary in Trenton, Ill. A case of viral meningitis was confirmed at Carr Lane Visual and Performing Arts Middle School in St. Louis.

The superintendent of Trenton schools says the student with mumps, a pre-kindergartner, was up-to-date on their vaccinations.

Doctors say there is a small chance even a child who is immunized could get the mumps if exposed to the virus. That’s why it is important to maintain high vaccination rates.

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All three schools have alerted parents and thoroughly cleaned their classrooms.

Mumps is extremely contagious and symptoms include fatigue, head ache, body aches, loss of appetite and a low-grade fever.

The CDC recommends children be immunized with two doses of MMR, which it says is the best protection from the mumps virus.