- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

SHARPSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania school district has closed “due to a possibility of mumps.”

The notice on the Sharpsville Area School District website doesn’t say how many students or staff may have the virus, only that classes are canceled Monday and all buildings are closed. Nobody answered the phone at the administrative offices of the district about 70 miles north of Pittsburgh.

The website notice says the school district intends to reopen Tuesday. All school-related activities were also canceled Monday.

There have been no other mumps outbreaks reported in western Pennsylvania schools, though five players on the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins have been diagnosed with the virus in recent weeks. The Penguins were one of a handful of NHL teams dealing with mumps outbreaks.



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