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Mount Holly is a city located in Gaston County, North Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 9,618. (More Info and Source) Mount Holly Real Estate

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Health Department warns of possible mumps case

The Mecklenburg County Health Department sent out a letter Friday warning parents of students at a Charlotte-Mecklenburg school about a possible mumps case.

Parents of Piedmont Middle School students received the letter on the last day of classes before school dismissed for two weeks.

"One student at your school has been diagnosed with parotitis (possibly from the mumps virus)," the letter said.
The letter lists symptoms, which include fever, muscle aches, loss of appetite, fatigue, headache, earache, tenderness or pain in the jaw area.
Parents were asked to look for signs of a fever to determine if a child might have been exposed.
Parents with whom Channel 9 spoke hope it's an isolated case and said they're not worried.
“I mean, they could pick it up anywhere -- school, the mall. (I'm) not so concerned about where it came from,” parent Lorie Lindley said.
Vaccination has made mumps a rare disease. Schoolchildren are required to receive two immunizations against the mumps well before second grade.
“We believe in vaccinations. We think that's important,” parent Steve Lindsley said.  
The letter said the child in this case is up to date on vaccinations.
Channel 9 called the two numbers on the Health Department letter and got messages saying that the nurses and staff won't be back in the office until Monday.            
Mumps cases have been reported recently, even though the virus was nearly eradicated by vaccines.
There's been a mumps outbreak in the National Hockey League, and since the first case was reported two months ago, 16 players have been diagnosed, along with three people associated with teams.
In 2013, 438 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with mumps. Between January and November of this year, there were already more than 1,000 cases.

WEBSITE: Information on mumps

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:14:51 -0500

UPS employees become sick at Charlotte hub

UPS employees were taken to the hospital Friday night after they became sick at a distribution hub at 1600 Cottonwood St. in Charlotte, a UPS spokesperson said.

The employees said there was an unusual smell in an empty trailer that was being prepared for loading.

Two employees were taken to the hospital for observation, according emergency officials.

There is no impact on service or the hub, the spokesperson said.

UPS is working with authorities to investigate this situation that the Charlotte Fire Department called a HAZMAT situation.

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:45:48 -0500

State Dept. warns US travelers to be extra careful

The U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert Friday, one of the busiest travel days of the year, urging international travelers to be cautious.
The alert followed what the State Department called a "lone wolf" attack in Australia this week in which two hostages were killed after being held at a busy cafe.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport officials said Friday is the airport's busiest day of the year, with more than 25,000 passengers expected.
The airport backup began long before the check-in lines Friday and was growing by the minute.
"Surprised to see these long queue at Charlotte airport. Usually it's half an hour into the gate actually," said Srikant Telikeplli, who was traveling from Charlotte to Dallas with his family.
But wait times were much longer Friday.
Many travelers told Eyewitness News that they allowed extra time to make sure things went smoothly.
"The traffic was a little worse than usual," said Jennifer Givot, who came to drop off her daughter for a cross-country flight.
Despite the security warning from the State Department, she said she believes that her daughter will be safe.
"I feel like Charlotte is pretty good," Givot said. "I feel like everybody keeps an eye on things."
The travel warning urges people to be "extra cautious," specifically when traveling abroad.
The warning said there is a "focus by terrorists not only on the targeting of U.S. government facilities but also on hotels, shopping areas, places of worship and schools" during the holiday period.
Travelers who spoke to Channel 9 said they aren't worried about airports at home.
"I feel that TSA takes good care of us, so it is not a problem," Telikeplli said.
But many were concerned about how long they'd be waiting in lines and also about their baggage.
Friday's warning doesn't expire until March. 

The State Department urges people traveling internationally to register with its Smart Traveler Enrollment Program at

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:21:02 -0500

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