BARRINGTON – The Lake County Health Department is now reporting four confirmed cases and 35 probable or suspect cases of mumps in the area.
Current information on the number ofconfirmed, probable and suspect cases is available to the public on the HealthDepartment’s website at http://www.lakecountyil.gov/3875/Mumps.
In response tothe mumps outbreak at Barrington High School, the Health Department and School District 220 are organizing a clinic for staff, faculty and students affiliated with the high school to take place early next week.
The Health Department is recommending asecond dose of measles, mumps, rubella vaccine (MMR) for those who have onlyreceived one dose, and one dose for those individuals born before 1957. The vaccination clinic is closed to the public and the media to respect the privacy of those being vaccinated.
“The vaccine against mumps is extremely effective and usuallyproduces long lasting immunity,” said Mark Pfister, the Health Department’sexecutive director. “While no vaccine is 100-percent effective, it is important for those who can be vaccinated to take this extra step and helpprotect those around them.”
Mumps is a serious contagious disease passed through saliva and respiratory secretions. This disease is spread by droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat of an infected person, usually when the person coughs, sneezes or talks.
Up to half of people who get mumps have very mild or no symptoms, and therefore do notknow they were infected with mumps. The most common symptoms include: fever,headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, swollen and tendersalivary glands under the ears on one or both sides (parotitis).
In addition to the MMR vaccine,it is important to practice good health and hygiene habits to reduce the spreadof disease, including washing your hands frequently with soap and water, notsharing eating utensils, drinking cups, or cigarettes, sanitizing frequentlytouched surfaces, and minimizing close contact with other people when sick.
Complications from mumps,although rare, can include inflammation of the testicles, ovaries, breastsand/or brain. People with mumps are considered contagious typically two days before until five days after parotid swelling. Those with symptoms should stay home and contact their health care provider.