Leander ISD: Winkley Elementary community may have been exposed to mumps

(Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
(Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

(Community Impact Newspaper file photo)

Students and staff at Winkley Elementary School in Leander may have been exposed to an individual with mumps, according to an email sent Feb. 4 to the Winkley community by Leander ISD.

Those in the school at 2100 Pow Wow, Leander, between Jan. 30 and Feb. 2 may have been exposed, according to the email. As of Feb. 6, there was no mention of the mumps alert on the school's website, https://winkley.leanderisd.org/ .

A virus, mumps is spread by droplets of saliva or mucus, usually when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. Items used by an infected person can also spread the virus, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

"Mumps is best known for the puffy cheek and swollen jaw which is the results of swollen or tender salivary glands," according to the TDSHS website. "This swelling may be on one or both sides and will usually resolve in about a week. Other symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite.

The average incubation period for a person infected with mumps is 16-18 days, with a range possibility of 12-25 days, according to TDSHS.



During 2017, 470 cases of mumps were reported in the state, according to TDSHS. Mumps can be prevented with a vaccine.

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By Brian Perdue

A native of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, Brian Perdue has been a journalist since 1992, living and working in Virginia, Washington D.C., Hawaii's Big Island, Southern California and Florida before moving to Austin in 2019.


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