Mumps Cases Turned Out to be Parotitis in Vinton-Shellsburg School District

By Kathleen Serino, Reporter

BENTON COUNTY – Reports of mumps cases in the Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District turned out the be a form of parotitis, health officials confirmed.

According to a newsletter issued by Vinton-Shellsburg Superintendent Mary Jo Hainstock Friday, the illnesses were considered "highly unusual," and were analyzed by the Iowa Department Public Health (IDPH). It was found the cases were forms of parotitis, a salivary gland infection that mimics mumps, Hainstock said.

Hainstock said the district is closely aligned with the Benton County Health Department and IDPH to ensure accurate and current information is provided on these cases and any further student health concerns this flu season.

The Iowa Department of Public Health advises students and their families to take the necessary health precautions to prevent spreading any illnesses to others. Further information can be found in the newsletter above.
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