Confirmed case of mumps at Trenton ISD

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TRENTON, Texas (KXII) -- A case of the mumps has been confirmed at Trenton Independent School District.

Superintendent Rick Foreman said he couldn't release the details about the child who has the confirmed case of the mumps, but did say he or she is a student at the district's middle school.

"We hope this is just an isolated incident," said Foreman.

Foreman said the child's parents notified him Tuesday. Administrators quickly spread the word through a letter and social media to other parents and guardians.

"We're a close knit community, so we take care of one another and they were happy that we responded as quickly as we did to them so they could keep an eye on their children," said Foreman.

Dr. Jody Lipscomb with TexomaCare Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine said the mumps is a rare virus because the vaccine for it is very effective.

"About half of individuals that get mumps, it looks like a cold, or an upper respiratory infection," said Lipscomb.

Spread through saliva, next to measles, mumps is the second most contagious disease. It's unknown if the child who had mumps was vaccinated.

"The vaccine is greater than 95 percent effective at preventing mumps -measles, mumps or rubella," said Lipscomb.

Lipscomb said the vaccine is given at 1 and 4 years of age. The Texas Department of Health Services said children are required to have at least those doses before entering school.

"It's something that we feel very strongly within the medical community and within our community as a whole," said Lipscomb. "Most of our kids are vaccinated in this community."

Lipscomb said even though the virus is highly contagious, there's no need to be on high alert, however, there's no treatment or cure for the disease.

"It has to run its course," said Lipscomb.

Foreman said this is the only confirmed case so far.

The child who currently has the mumps is expected to return to school next week, if the doctor gives the okay.

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