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12 confirmed cases of mumps in Dubuque schools

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Since the beginning of the school year, 12 students and staff at several Dubuque schools have been sick with the mumps.

"Really? This morning I heard fifth school...and the first time I heard about it was today," said Jessica Klinefelter, a parent of a 5th grader.

The latest note sent to Table Mound Elementary parents informing them one person at the school is infected with the contagious illness, a student.

The mumps is an infection caused by a virus. Common symptoms are fever, muscle aches and swollen salivary glands under the jaw.

For some parents like Klinefelter who also has a toddler, that's worrisome. "It was just kinda concerning because I don't believe he's had his second shot yet....so if she would come in contact with it, I don't know if it could spread to him or not," she said.

Other schools where the disease has spread to are Prescott, Bryant and Audubon Elementary Schools. It's not just happening at elementary schools, there are 3 confirmed cases at Jefferson Middle School and 2 cases at Dubuque Senior High School.

District officials say anyone with the mumps should not go back to school or work until they  are well.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, babies, kids and young adults are more at risk for getting the mumps. Also, those who aren't vaccinated.

It's spread when those who are infected cough or sneeze, spreading the virus through saliva or mucus. 

In Black Hawk County, 16 people have been sick with the mumps so far this school year.

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