by Mindy Aguon
Guam - After issuing alerts for a confirmed case of whooping cough found in a 5-month-old baby and a string of cases of strep throat, the Department of Public Health and Social Services has received a laboratory confirmed case of mumps. A student at Jose L.G. Rios Middle School in Piti was confirmed to have mumps, but has since been given a medical clearance to return to school.
Mumps is characterized by fever, swelling and pain/tenderness of the glands.
Public Health reminds parents of Guam law that requires all students from Kindergarten through 12th grade to have proof of two doses of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine.