Where Have Suspected Mumps Cases Been Reported in Lake Co.?

Where Have Suspected Mumps Cases Been Reported in Lake Co.?

Where Have Suspected Mumps Cases Been Reported in Lake Co.?

The department reported that total cases under review include one probable and four suspect cases at Station Middle School in Barrington; five suspect cases at Prairie Campus School in Barrington; one suspect case at Libertyville High School; one probable case in Lake Zurich that was related to a confirmed case in Barrington; and one suspect case each in Lake Forest and Island Lake.

According to an email sent by the Office of Emergency Management, mumps is a mild disease but has the ability to spread quickly.

If you think you have mumps, you should isolate yourself and contact a health care provider. Severe complications of mumps are rare but can include orchitis, oophoritis, deafness and meningoencephalitis.

"The vaccine against mumps is extremely effective and usually produces long lasting immunity", said Mark Pfister, the health department's executive director. Most people with mumps recover in a few weeks. Through Thursday, 31 confirmed cases of mumps have been reported in the city, according to Toronto Public Health (TPH). This year, there have been 563 reported cases of mumps and probable mumps statewide, an increase from last year when only 154 cases were reported in the state, according to the Washington State Health Department.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 4,000 mumps cases were reported in the USA in 2016, and mumps outbreaks are ongoing in the nearby states of Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

"The most important factor in reducing the spread of mumps is being aware of the symptoms", he wrote.

The health department offers the two routine MMR vaccines to children at one year old and upon entering kindergarten. In fact, there has been a 99% reduction in the number of cases reported since the introduction of routine vaccinations against mumps. "Cases commonly occur in places where people have had prolonged, close contact with a person who has mumps, such as attending the same class, playing on the same sports team, or living in the same dormitory".

People between the ages of 22 and 47 need to make sure they've had the booster shot for the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) if they only received one vaccine in the past, Kempkens said.

All of the students diagnosed with mumps infections have had documentation of two prior doses of mumps-containing vaccine.

Doctors posit that the best way to avoid affliction is to get vaccinated.

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