March 8, 2019
Dear Lower Merion Families,
You may have heard recent reports of a resurgence of mumps cases nationally and in the greater Philadelphia area, including an outbreak at Temple University.
As explained in this Mumps Fact Sheet, mumps is a viral disease characterized by fever, swelling and tenderness of one or more salivary glands. It is transmitted by droplets or by direct contact with the saliva of an infected person. A person with mumps can spread the disease from three days before and up to five days after the onset of illness.
If your child develops any signs and symptoms consistent with mumps, please consult with your health care provider. The best way to prevent mumps is through vaccination. Although some recent cases have occurred in people who are fully vaccinated, those patients are likelier to have milder cases.
Our School District Health Services Department is in regular contact with the Montgomery County Office of Public Health. That office will notify us if a mumps case is confirmed in our school community and we will promptly share that information with you.
Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions or concerns.
Lead Supervisor of School Health and Student Safety