MOUNT PLEASANT, Sanpete County – School officials ask students who are not concerned about immunizations to stay at home for weeks, as Sanpete County treats a rash of furrows.
There are two confirmed cases of debris in Sanpete County, according to North Sanpete School District Superintendent Dr. Sam Ray. One of them is a student in the school district, he said.
Another potential outpatient disease is currently hanging while healthcare applications are waiting for test results, Ray said.
Ray did not say which school the student who has the mother-in-law participates, but North Sanpete High School is "involved" in the outbreak.
School officials have reported all parents and employees in the outbreak during the weekend, Ray said.
Students need to get their immunizations up-to-date or at least start the MMR vaccine process, Ray said. Those who may not be immunized or who have applied for a vaccine exemption will not be allowed back in school for at least 26 days, or until after May 5, Ray said.
Parents and students can apply for a vaccine release according to Utah state law, but the law also states that the students with the exception must stay home from school until a cap outbreak is declared, Ray said.
"We try to be as helpful as possible to parents," he said.
About 20 percent of the students at the school have applied for an exception, according to Ray. Some of the students may already have had numbness, so they do not need the vaccine, he said.
Some parents of the students may have applied for exemption while they enrolled their student because they did not have access to immunization
The Sanpete County Health Department will host an MMR vaccine clinic from 8:30 to 30:30 on Tuesday at the health department, which is behind Mount Pleasant City Hall at 20 S. 100 West, Ray says.
Tuesday's clinic is mainly for people who have never been vaccinated, but the health department will accommodate others as needed, Ray said. Vaccines will be available throughout the week at the health department, he added.
The school district is working with health officials at the state and county levels when the outbreak continues, Ray said.
People who have previously received the MMR vaccine occasionally receive debris, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Although the vaccine dramatically reduced the incidence of the disease after it was introduced, numbness outbreaks occur, especially in closely-related communities where people have long-standing contact with each other, according to the CDC.