Mumps case reported at Weslaco East High School

Weslaco ISD officials have reported that a case of the mumps was confirmed last Tuesday at Weslaco East High School, according to a statement issued last week.

Citing HIPPA protections for patient privacy, the district stated that more details could not be shared regarding the identity of the “individual” from Weslaco East who was confirmed to have mumps.

“Hidalgo County Health Department has stated that the recent cases of mumps in the county have no link to the current immigration situation along the border,” the statement read.

The district, which went on to state that Weslaco ISD and the county have “a high vaccination rate,” has not reported any additional cases.

Weslaco ISD first confirmed the lone mumps case Tuesday via a statement, which read “the confirmed case had very limited contact with students and staff” and that officials are ensuring that anyone who displays symptoms will follow-up with a health professional.

In the meantime, school district and county health officials continue to investigate “in accordance with Texas Department of State Health Services and CDC protocols,” according to last Tuesday’s statement.

Not counting the Weslaco case, the Hidalgo County Health Department has reported about 20 confirmed or suspected cases of mumps as of April 24.

Some of the previously reported cases are related, Hidalgo County health officials said last month.

“Thirteen of the suspected cases are epidemiologically linked, which is defined as having had contact with one or more persons who have or had the disease,” officials said in a statement released April 12.

Symptoms of mumps include fever, muscle aches, headache, loss of appetite and swollen salivary glands in the jaw and neck area. Adult men may experience swollen or tender genitals, health officials said.