Pender Public Schools has confirmed an individual at the school has the mumps and parents have been warned that that their children were likely exposed .
The person was immunized and immediately left the building when the symptoms were recognized. The person was likely contagious for a few days before becoming aware of the symptoms.
School officials note that the mumps has an incubation period that ranges from 12 to 28 days but parotitis typically develops 16 to 18 days after exposure.
People who are fully vaccinated are about nine times less likely to get the virus than unvaccinated people who have the same exposure, but they can still get and pass the virus.
Mumps usually causes symptoms for 7 to 10 days. Symptoms include swollen glands, fever, headache, tiredness and loss of appetite but not everyone gets those symptoms.
Students who exhibit those symptoms should stay home from school for at least five days and until the symptoms go away.
Mumps is usually spread through coughing and sneezing.