Possible Mumps Case At North Side Elementary School: CPS

More Mumps Cases Reported in Lake County

There is a confirmed case in city of Barrington and another probable case in Lake Zurich.

Seven additional cases are considered "probable" and 20 more were deemed "suspect" at two high schools, two middle schools and elsewhere in the surrounding area, health officials said.

"I'm concerned-it's frustrating that some kids are vaccinated and some aren't", said parent Diane Snyder. Protocol in the case of infectious diseases like mumps has health authorities trying to trace and isolate those who might be positive.

Two more cases of mumps have been diagnosed among students at separate schools in Toronto it was reported Tuesday.

But county health officials continue to field reports of probable and suspected cases since first reporting a confirmed mumps case in Barrington High School on February 28. There is also one suspected case in Cook County, in Arlington Heights.

"However, if there are multiple cases in a school...we actually have the ability to exclude students who are not up-to-date with their immunizations from school", Dubey said.

The mumps virus is spread when a person with the illness coughs or sneezes nearby, or shares food or drinks with other people.

Officials from Chicago Public Schools alerted parents Monday of a possible case of mumps at a North Side elementary school, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Later this week, Barrington High School will offer a free vaccination clinic, aimed at halting the spread of the virus. Symptoms include swollen saliva glands, loss of appetite, tiredness and headaches.



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