BOZEMAN, Mont. – Gallatin County health officials have confirmed a case of the mumps at a Bozeman elementary school.
The case is at Morning Star Elementary School. Officials will not say if the child involved has been vaccinated or not, and they won’t release an age due to privacy concerns.
Health Officer Matt Kelley says most children are vaccinated against the disease and the vaccine is effective. He says typically kids who contract the disease make a full recovery, but the Health Department and School District are trying to reduce the risk of transmission.
One of the major indications of the disease is swelling underneath the jaw and neck. Other symptoms are more general, including fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, and loss of appetite.
If your child is exhibiting any symptoms of this illness, contact your health care provider.
Story by Patrice Parks, MTN News