Here’s an observation from commenter Mark about the incongruity of our U.S. Senators caring about illegal aliens in McHenry County Jail having mumps, but making no mention of a much larger outbreak at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana:
Mumps is highly contagious and there have been several larger outbreaks in Illinois in recent years.
So to put this in perspective for example, where’s a similar letter from Dick Durbin, Tammy Duckworth, and Chuy Garcia when the much larger University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (UIUC) mumps outbreak occurred in 2015 & 2016?
“IDPH and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (C-UPHD) conducted an investigation and identified 317 cases of mumps during April 2015–May 2016.”
US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) (MMWR Weekly), Volume 65 (2016),
Issue 29 (July 29, 2016) (The issue number and date both being 29 is coincidental)
Pages 731 – 734
Mumps Outbreak at a University and Recommendation for a Third Dose of Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine – Illinois, 2015–2016
by Justin P. Albertson, MS 1; Whitney J. Clegg, MD 1; Heather D. Reid 1; Benjamin S. Arbise, MPH 1; Julie Pryde, MSW 2; Awais Vaid, MBBS 2; Rachella Thompson-Brown 2; Fredrick Echols, MD 1
Corresponding author Heather D Reid
- 1 = Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
- 2 = Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD)
Melissa Adamson, MPH, Public Health Administrator (top official) of the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) and
Ngozi O. Ezike, MD (top official) of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and
Bill Primm, McHenry County Sheriff (McHenry County Department of Corrections is under the Sheriff)
were not copied on the letter from Dick Durbin, Tammy Duckworth, Chuy Garcia, and Lauren Underwood to Louie Zamora, Acting Field Director ICE Chicago.
MPH = Masters of Public Health