Officials Say William Penn High School Student Diagnosed With Mumps

A statement released by the Colonial School District stated the district has been advised that one (1) student who attends William Penn High School (WPHS) has been diagnosed with Mumps. The last date that other students at WPHS may have been exposed to this student was Wednesday, January 28, 2020.

Officials said out of the 2,200 students at WPHS, school officials have contacted 16 families of students who are at a heightened risk due to their immunization status and provided them with the guidance provided by the Delaware Department of Public Health.

The symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, body aches, loss of appetite and swelling of parotid salivary gland(s) — glands on the insides of the cheeks, the floor of the mouth, and under the tongue. Mumps symptoms could develop from 12 days to 25 days after exposure.

The Department of Public Health advises any student or any member of the household who has symptoms or develops symptoms should be kept at home. All students should follow good hand washing practices. Review the immunization records of your children and make sure they are up to date for the mumps vaccine. If a child has received a single dose of the Mumps vaccine, the second dose is recommended to be completed as soon as possible.