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  • #16

    Etoile ISD confirms case of mumps
    By KTRE Digital Media Staff | May 22, 2019 at 2:45 PM CDT - Updated May 22 at 2:48 PM

    NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Etoile Independent School District says a case of mumps has been reported at a school.

    Superintendent Sarah Hottman confirmed Wednesday that the district has contacted the Texas Department of State Health Services. Hottman said a letter to parents addressing the exposure will be sent home with students.

    “We have a lab confirmed case of the mumps and your child has been exposed. We are sending this letter to make you aware of this exposure and to provide additional information about mumps. All of our students are up to date with immunizations except for those who have a waiver,” the letter reads in part...


    • #17

      Mumps cases found in every major Hidalgo County city

      Category: Local News
      Published: Friday, 24 May 2019 08:00
      Written by Jamie Treviño

      A massive education campaign led by the county health department aims to increase awareness and prevention of mumps, a contagious disease caused by a virus that is currently present in the Rio Grande Valley.

      Last week, a case of mumps was found at Bryan Elementary School, which is part of the Mission Consolidated Independent School District. When the discovery was made at the campus, students were sent home with a letter detailing how the district was handling the sanitation of the school and phone calls were made that same evening.

      immunizationsIn the letter, information on how the virus is spread, symptoms of the mumps and vaccination details were all highlighted. It also encouraged families to keep sick children out of school.

      According to Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Director Eduardo Olivarez, keeping the public informed in this way is one of the ways to keep the virus contained.

      “Of all the cases [in the county], over half of them are between 20 and 30 years old, which is odd,” Olivarez said. “We’re talking with the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and the Department of State Health Services, and we can’t figure it out. It’s not a new strain or a wild strain, it’s genotype ‘G’ for general mumps. Across the country it’s all the same age group, so we don’t think it was a bad lot of vaccines because it’s so spread out.”

      As of 10 a.m. Monday morning, 46 confirmed cases of the mumps have been diagnosed in Hidalgo County since the end of March/beginning of April...


      • #18

        Mumps Case Reported at PSJA Elementary School
        May 29, 2019 12:29 PM in News
        This case will make the elementary school the fourth campus in Hidalgo County impacted by the virus.

        PHARR – A case of the mumps has been reported at an elementary school in Pharr.

        A spokesperson with Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District, Arianna Vasquez-Hernandez, confirmed the discovery was made at Escobar Elementary School.

        Earlier this month, Hidalgo County Health Department said a case was reported at PSJA Memorial High School.

        The same week the department said the number of cases had reached 46 in Hidalgo County.

        The PSJA elementary school is the fifth campus in the county to be impacted by the mumps.

        Other schools impacted were Bryan Elementary in Mission, Weslaco East High School and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg.

        The PSJA campus is still in operation for summer enrichment camps...


        • #19

          Hidalgo County investigating new mumps case in PSJA ISD
          Staff Reports -
          May 30, 2019
          Updated at 6:34 p.m.

          Hidalgo County health officials are investigating a new mumps case within Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, the district confirmed Thursday.

          School district spokesperson Arianna Vasquez-Hernandez said they were notified by the county Thursday of a case affecting a John McKeever Elementary School “staff member.”

          “This individual was there when students were not present, but we made sure to send it out to all parents so they were aware,” Vasquez-Hernandez said, adding that a notice was sent to parents as a precaution.

          Before the confirmation of another case in PSJA ISD, there were 51 confirmed mumps cases over the last two months, according to a county health department tweet on May 29...


          • #20

            Possible Mumps Outbreak Inside The Harris County Jail
            Several inmates have exhibited symptoms of the mumps, but jail officials have not confirmed any cases of the virus, officials said.
            By Bryan Kirk, Patch Staff
            Jun 11, 2019 5:55 pm ET

            HOUSTON — The Harris County Jail, which houses more than 8,500 inmates, could be dealing with an outbreak of the mumps. The Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a press release on Tuesday that several inmates had exhibited symptoms consistent with the mumps virus.

            Officials said the diagnosis comes from a doctor's clinical observation, and that officials at the jail are still waiting on test results for confirmation...


            • #21

              7 Cases Of Mumps Confirmed In The Harris County Jail
              Health officials are working to contain the spread of the mumps virus inside the Harris County Jail, and have quarantined 300 inmates.
              By Bryan Kirk, Patch Staff
              Jun 13, 2019 11:56 am ET

              HOUSTON — The Houston Public Heath Department has confirmed 7 cases of mumps inside the Harris County Jail. According to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, six inmates and one staff member have tested positive for the virus.

              "We are going to navigate through this and make sure we are taking every precaution," Gonzalez said...


              • #22

                Mumps outbreak at Texas jail strikes 14 and forces another 300 into quarantine
                By Denis Bedoya on June 15, 2019 Health

                Mumps has broken out at a Texas jail, sickening 11 prisoners and three medical staff members who have been restricted to isolation, officials said Thursday.

                Meanwhile, a total of about 300 other inmates that may have come into contact with the infected prisoners have been quarantined, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said during a press conference, Houston Public Media reported.

                Harris County Jail is the second corrections facility in the US this week to report an outbreak of mumps, a highly contagious viral infection...