DHEC representatives talk to Westside staff after three confirmed mumps cases


ANDERSON, SC (WSPA) – Representatives from the Department of Health and Environment are educating staff at Westside High School after three confirmed cases of the mumps.

Since February, the Anderson County High School had three students diagnosed with mumps despite being vaccinated. Health professionals said the students don’t have any common factors, but this situation is minor compared to what they are seeing across the country.

“We invited DHEC to come into our schools because we decided it might be good for our staff so they could answer any questions our teachers may have or other staff members because we are school professionals, not medical professionals,” said Kyle Newton who is Anderson 5’s Assistant Superintendent.

In the event that a fourth case is confirmed at Westside High School, DHEC said they would require proof of vaccinations, or the student or staff would be asked to stay out of the school for the exclusion period.

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