- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Three students in Belgrade middle and high schools have been diagnosed with the mumps, a viral disease that causes swelling in the salivary glands.

While students have significant protection against the mumps because immunizations are required under state law, the Gallatin City-County Health Department is working to identify students who may have been exposed to the ill students. The disease is spread by saliva or mucus droplets.

Officials are asking the 15 to 20 students in Belgrade schools who have not been vaccinated to stay home.

Health Officer Matt Kelly says the best thing that can be done to protect against mumps is to get vaccinated.

Montana had one case of mumps in 2012 and one each in 2014 and 2015. About 25 percent of people who get the mumps show few to no symptoms.

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