Case of mumps confirmed on Loyola's campus

Bunker said healthcare providers must report a suspected or confirmed case of mumps within four hours so KDHE and local county health departments can investigate further and help prevent the spread of the disease.

The region's public health department is warning people to make sure their vaccinations are up-to-date after the recent case, which involves an adult Oakville resident. "Due to the presence of mumps in the community, extra custodians are being brought in as needed". There is one other confirmed case in Barrington, though it was not believed to be related to the school.

There are 149 cases of mumps across Missouri, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Of the 31 cases, seven were fully immunized (have received two doses of mumps containing vaccine) and 24 received either one dose, no doses or unknown doses of the mumps containing vaccine. Presently, there are no plans to close school due to the virus, the school district said in a statement.

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The Lake County Health Officials have reported 4 confirmed cases and 35 suspected cases of the disease in Barrington.

"The vaccine against mumps is extremely effective and usually produces long lasting immunity", said Mark Pfister, the health department's executive director.

Health officials are saying more cases could occur since those with the contagious disease, and those suspected to have mumps, are from all different grade levels, according to the Daily Herald. An infected person can spread the virus by coughing, sneezing or talking, sharing cups and utensils and touching anything with unwashed hands.

According to the health department, most of the individuals affected with mumps show nearly negligible or no symptoms of the disease. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite, followed by swollen salivary glands. "If you or your student experience any of the common signs and symptoms of the disease, please stay home from school and contact a physician as well as the school nurse". In Washington state, Seattle and King County Heath officials said a dozen University of Washington students, all connected to sororities or fraternities, have contracted the illness, KING-TV reported. Chicago Public Schools notified parents on Monday about a case of mumps at Pierce School of International Studies, but it has not been confirmed.

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