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Suspected case of mumps reported in child at Westlake private preschool

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Posted at 4:41 PM, Mar 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-01 16:49:53-05

WESTLAKE, Ohio — A suspected case of the mumps was reported in a child at a private preschool in Westlake.

The child, who attends Primrose School at Westlake, was suspected of having the highly contagious viral disease and the school was notified, according to Divya Singh, the owner of the preschool.

After being notified a child at the school was suspected of having mumps, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the Center for Disease Control were also informed, Singh said.

Primrose School of Westlake is under internal procedures to ensure the disease is not spread to more children, Singh said.

Mumps is one of three diseases that is prevented by the MMR vaccine. The CDC recommends children get two doses of MMR vaccine, the first at around 12 to 15 months old, and the second dose at around 4 to 6 years old.

The CDC describes the way mumps spreads on their website:

Even though the vaccine has drastically reduced mumps cases, outbreaks continue to occur. Outbreaks have most commonly occurred in places where people have had prolonged, close contact with a person who has mumps, such as attending the same class, playing on the same sports team, or living in the same dormitory.

News 5 reached out to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, who said this is one suspected case and not an outbreak.

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