In a follow-up to a report at the beginning of June, the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has now confirmed 14 cases of mumps primarily in Guelph’s high school population just as students are about to start summer vacation or attend summer school.
Public Health is advising students that there is still an outbreak of mumps in the community. Although the 14 confirmed cases centred on Bishop MacDonnell, John F. Ross and Our Lady of Lourdes high schools, Public Health continues to monitor suspect cases in other area high schools.
“We want students to fully participate in summer jobs, volunteering or school, but we also want to stop the outbreak of this potentially serious disease. Students who are off to summer jobs or volunteer opportunities should call and advise their family physician if they begin to develop symptoms, particularly if they are spending the summer around young children or someone with an underlying medical condition,” said Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. “If they are attending summer school, students need to be fully vaccinated or they may be excluded from attending class if there is another confirmed case linked to that school.”
Mumps was last confirmed in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph in January 2010. The Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is the best form of defense against the disease.