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More students excluded from regional schools in response to mumps outbreak

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017

Tony Chavez, 7, gets a measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination from WSU College of Pharmacy student James Kent, right, and encouragement from his mother, Kelly Thomas, left, Jan 24, 2017, during the Homeless Connect event at the Salvation Army. United Healthcare, in partnership with the Salvation Army, Walgreens and Spokane Regional Health District offered free mumps and flu shots. Hundreds of people gathered to partake of the free services including hot meals, family services, veterans services, food bank and veterinary care for pets. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Tony Chavez, 7, gets a measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination from WSU College of Pharmacy student James Kent, right, and encouragement from his mother, Kelly Thomas, left, Jan 24, 2017, during the Homeless Connect event at the Salvation Army. United Healthcare, in partnership with the Salvation Army, Walgreens and Spokane Regional Health District offered free mumps and flu shots. Hundreds of people gathered to partake of the free services including hot meals, family services, veterans services, food bank and veterinary care for pets. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

An additional 129 Spokane Public School students have been excluded from five schools following new cases of mumps.

Spokane Public Schools has confirmed mumps cases at 14 schools. A total of 346 unvaccinated students have been asked to stay home.

Fifty eight Central Valley School District students have been excluded. There are eight probable or confirmed cases of mumps in that district.

During an outbreak, the heath district has the authority to order unvaccinated students and staff to stay home for 25 days. Any school with two or more confirmed cases of the mumps is put under an exclusion order to force those who have not received the mumps, measles and rubella vaccine to stay home.

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