Some parents in Fond du Lac recently became aware that their children had been exposed to mumps at an area daycare.
A child who attends Jesus’ Little Lambs Childcare in Fond du Lac tested positive for mumps.
The county health department quickly sent out a notice to parents with information on the virus, and the vaccine that can prevent it from becoming a problem in the first place.
The first dose is recommended in kids between 12 and 15 months and then a second dose between age four and six.
Most often mumps in children is mild, but it can cause serious issues like meningitis, deafness and other lasting problems.
“Some people actually just have the respiratory part and you don’t even know you have it, so you can be asymptomatic and still be spreading the virus and not know that. So that’s what’s scary,” said Agnesian medical director of health and wellness, Dr. Heather Schmidt.
Children at the daycare who have not had the vaccine either can’t return until later this month when the risk of spreading the infection is over. Otherwise, they can come back after getting the vaccine.