A public health advisory sent to parents of students at Andress High School on Tuesday states that three students at the campus have reported cases of mumps.
Mumps is a contagious viral infection characterized by swelling and pain in the salivary gland near where the jaw and ear meet. While extremely rare, mumps has seen a recent resurgence due to parents deciding to opt out of vaccinations for their children.
The disease is spread by droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person. It is easily spread through sharing of cups or utensils. People infected with the mumps are contagious three days before and five days after the onset to the swelling
The letter to parents from El Paso Public Health Director Robert Resendes, asks anyone with mumps systems to contact their doctor immediately and inform them of possible exposure to the mumps.
EPISD confirmed the three cases of mumps.