by Nick Delgado
Guam - With the recent notice of more than 100 cases of the mumps reported throughout the island, Guam's public school system is taking necessary steps to keep students from spreading the viral illness. Department of Education Student Support Service Administrator Jessica Camacho says the school nurses received training from Centers for Disease Control officials yesterday on how to determine if someone has the mumps.
She adds that they are tightening their policies to ensure all students have updated shot records, saying, "They will definitely be reporting all suspected cases of mumps directly to Public Health, as they are trying to keep record of the outbreak and how far along is the outbreak on Guam."
Earlier this year, the first several cases of the mumps were reported to be students in a number of public schools.
Mumps can cause fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and painful swelling under the ears.