Published: Thu, March 09, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Officials warn of mumps outbreak in the suburbs

Officials warn of mumps outbreak in the suburbs

What was previously considered a "cluster" is now a confirmed outbreak of the highly contagious mumps disease at suburban Barrington High School, Lake County Health Department officials announced Tuesday.

At Station and Prairie Middle Schools in Barrington, health officials have identified one probable case and eight suspected cases, she said.

Three cases of the mumps have been confirmed at Barrington High School, and a Barrington resident with no ties to the school also has been confirmed with the disease. Unvaccinated children should be kept home if mumps breaks out in their schools.

Symptoms include fever, swelling of salivary glands, a loss of appetite, headaches and tiredness. After being exposed to the virus it can take two to three weeks for symptoms to arise and a person can be contagious a couple days before those symptoms develop.

Chicago Public Schools notified parents on Monday about a case of mumps at Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies, 1423 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., according to the district.

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"Not terribly concerned, but I'm kind of surprised to see how many cases there are in Barrington", said parent Melissa Proepsting.

In rare cases the mumps can cause sterility, meningitis or even inflammation of the brain.

At the time, Shwartz-Maltz said school cleaning staff completed an intense cleaning of the whole school.

Toronto Public Health is investigating what health officials say is now a community outbreak.

Teachers have been told to look for symptoms among their students as well.

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