More than 30 students in a Johnson County school district could be at risk of contracting the mumps virus, a district official told the Cleburne Times-Review.
The Keene school district northeast of Cleburne has identified 34 students who might have to stay home from school to prevent an outbreak of the virus, Superintendent Ricky Stephens told the newspaper.
The district was informed Tuesday that the Texas Department of State Health Services was investigating several cases of mumps in students at Keene Elementary School and Keene High School.
County health officials advised that students who might have come in contact with mumps should stay home until they are vaccinated.
Mumps typically starts with a few days of fever, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other early symptoms include headaches, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite.
An infected person can spread it through coughing, sneezing, talking, and sharing cups and utensils, according to the CDC.
The number of mumps cases nationally can range from a couple hundred to a couple thousand each year. The virus was much more common before 1967, when a national mumps vaccination program started, according to the CDC.
Complications of the virus could lead to meningitis and inflammation of the brain.