Waco Independent School District confirmed one student has been diagnosed with a case of mumps at an elementary school and district officials suspect that a high school campus may have been affected, school administrators said Monday.

One student at Bell’s Hill Elementary School was diagnosed with mumps and a student at University High School may been exposed, Waco ISD spokesman Bruce Gietzen said. School officials notified parents Monday evening about the virus and posted a letter on the Waco ISD website, including information about the disease from the McLennan County Health District.

Gietzen said both the Bell’s Hill and University High campuses will continue with classes as scheduled on Tuesday.

According to the health district, the virus typically starts with a fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite. Swollen salivary glands may follow as the virus can spread through saliva or mucous.

It was not clear Monday if the Bell’s Hill or University High students had been vaccinated for mumps.

Additional information can be found at www.cdc.gov/mumps. Any questions and concerns can be addressed at the Waco — McLennan County Public Health District’s 24/7 disease reporting line at 750-5411.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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