200 unvaccinated students sent home from school amid mumps outbreak in Washington

King County Public Health in Washington has advised Auburn School District to bar more than 200 unvaccinated students from attending school until 25 days have passed since a mumps case has been confirmed among the school population, according to a local NBC affiliate.

As of Dec. 7, there have been 44 potential mumps cases reported in King County, seven of which have been confirmed. Thirty-nine of the cases have occurred in Auburn.

The mumps are best known for painful, swollen salivary glands that cause puffy cheeks and swollen jaw. It is a highly communicable disease transmitted by person-to-person contact and is typically accompanied by initial symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite.

According to the CDC, two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine are 88 percent effective at preventing the mumps.

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