EDWARDSVILLE - A student at Edwardsville High School's summer school was diagnosed with mumps.
Edwardsville District 7 officials contacted parents Tuesday to warn them in case their children have conditions that would be affected by exposure to mumps.
Mumps is a viral disease that begins with fever, headache, tiredness and loss of appetite and then is followed by severe swelling of the salivary glands. There is no treatment for the disease, which can cause inflammation of the brain and spinal cord or sexual organs, and can cause permanent deafness.
While the disease is rare due to the mumps vaccine, there has been a resurgence recently, in 2006 and 2009 with thousands of cases reported in the Midwest and New York, respectively.
Due to the exposure, all Edwardsville students who have not received the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine must be excluded from summer school and other school activities through July 28, according to the letter.
While the vaccine is required to enter school, families may receive an exemption on religious grounds or if the child's physical condition would be endangered by the immunization, as determined by a doctor.
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