MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- A student at Highview Sixth Grade Center is suspected of having mumps, according to a Middletown City Schools spokeswoman.
Lab results have not confirmed the illness is mumps, spokeswoman Elizabeth Beadle said. The student is at home following a doctor's advice, she said.
A nurse sent a letter home to parents to tell them about the symptoms, which can include:
- muscle aches
- loss of appetite
- swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms typically appear 16 to 18 days after infection, but this period can range from 12 to 25 days after infection. Some people who get mumps have very mild or no symptoms, and often they do not know they have the disease.
Most people with mumps recover completely in a few weeks.