COLBY — A student at Colby High School is confirmed to have been diagnosed with mumps after a test was completed Monday. The test results on two other students suspected of having mumps had not been returned as of late Tuesday afternoon.
“We have been following the Thomas County Health Department and KDHE guidelines as how to handle these cases,” USD 315 Superintendent Katina Brenn said Tuesday. “We have sent out information to the community, teachers and parents of all the students in our schools. We’ve been in touch with other schools involving athletic events as well that there has been a confirmed case.”
A release from the KDHE Tuesday said the individual might have been contagious while participating in a wrestling meet Feb. 4 at Colby High School.
Mumps is a viral disease that can be spread from one person to another by saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat of an infected person. It can occur when the infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. The virus also can spread indirectly when someone with mumps touches items or surfaces without washing their hands and someone else touches that surface and rubs their mouth or nose.
Brenn said the school district has put an alert on the school district webpage, www.colbyeagles.org. There is an attached letter on the page from the Thomas County Health Department.
“If there are any questions, we have information about mumps on our website,” Brenn said.
Community members, Brenn said, are welcome to contact the school district with questions and concerns as well.
If a person is exposed to mumps, it usually takes 16 to 18 days before they will show symptoms, but have between 12 to 25 days.
According to the Thomas County Health Department release, state regulation that any student entering a Kansas school have proof of at least two doses of mumps vaccine or have written evidence of physician diagnosed mumps or blood test results proving they are immune. The only exemptions allowed are for religious or medical reasons.