Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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CONYERS - Several days after putting parents of Conyers Middle School students on alert that a student had been diagnosed with mumps, school administrators are now sounding the all clear signal.
Cindy Ball, director of community relations at Rockdale County Public Schools, said Tuesday that the announcement that a student was diagnosed with the disease was a false alarm.
"The physician had said (to the student that she had) something similar to 'a mump-like condition,' and the message went to the school as 'it is mumps,' but it is not mumps," Ball said in an e-mail. "So, it has now been confirmed that the student does not have mumps and that his/her condition is no threat to anyone."
Mumps is a virus that causes fever, aches and gland swelling and could lead to more severe, but rare, conditions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, children should get their first dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine between the ages of 12 and 15 months old. The second dose should be given between the ages of 4 and 6 years or before they start kindergarten; however, children can get a second dose at any age, as long as it is more than 28 days after the first dose. The CDC reports that the vaccine can prevent the disease, but no treatment is available.