Mumps in McHenry County

A press release from the McHenry County Health Department:

Mumps reported in McHenry County

Two Locations with Multiple cases of mumps being investigated by the Department of Health

WOODSTOCK IL – The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) reports that eight cases of mumps have been identified at two locations in McHenry County.

MCDH is actively investigating the cases; it has not yet been determined whether or not the two locations are related at this time.

An outbreak has been identified at a Crystal Lake church–Arising Church in Crystal Lake–with a total of six positive cases.

McHenry County Jail

Two cases of mumps have been identified at the McHenry County Correctional Facility with other suspect cases pending.

Both individuals have been in the correctional facility during their infectious period.

MCDH is working closely with the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH), McHenry County Correctional Facility, and the Crystal Lake church in investigating all cases.

Guidance and recommendations are being provided specific to each location, including identifying close contacts and determining their immunity status; requiring exposed people without immunity to stay home; and encouraging vaccination.

Individuals who have mumps or are symptomatic (pending testing) are being isolated until they are no longer infectious.

If you think you may have been exposed to mumps and/or are experiencing symptoms, contact your healthcare provider. Healthcare providers throughout McHenry County and the surrounding areas have been notified of these cases.

According to Susan Karras, RN, Director of Public Health Nursing for MCDH,

“Mumps is a contagious viral disease that spreads through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat when infected people cough or sneeze. Sharing food or utensils also spreads the disease.”

Karras added, “Mumps usually starts with fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. Then most people experience a swelling of their salivary glands, which causes puffy cheeks and a tender, swollen jaw. Symptoms usually appear 16-18 days after infection, but this period can range from 12-25 days. Persons with mumps should stay home until at least five (5) days after symptoms appear. Most people with mumps recover completely in a few weeks.”

Mumps is a vaccine-preventable illness.

Vaccinated children and adults can occasionally become infected with mumps; however, disease is less likely to be severe. MCDH encourages children and adults to be current with their immunizations. Children should receive the first dose of mumps-containing vaccine, MMR, at 12 to 15 months, and the second dose at four to six years. All adults born during or after 1957 should have one dose of MMR.

Adults at higher risk, such as university students, healthcare personnel, international travelers, and persons with potential mumps outbreak exposure should have documentation of two doses of mumps vaccine or other proof of immunity to mumps.

Persons born before 1957 are thought to be immune, since they were likely infected naturally.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in recent years outbreaks have occurred in schools, colleges, and camps. For more information, log in here or call the MCDH Communicable Disease Program at 815-334-4500.


Mumps in McHenry County — 8 Comments

  1. What about Chagas Disease from the illegal aliens housed there, tainting our blood supply when they sell their blood!

    Chagas Disease is brought directly from Mexico and Latin America where it has infected over 18,000,000 people. The T-Cruzi protozoan destroys heart tissue and other organs. “One can contract it by eating uncooked food contaminated with infective feces of the Vinchuca Bugor or via blood transfused from infected carriers. It crosses over the border in the bodies of an average of 2,200 illegal aliens daily.

    Dengue fever, now in Florida, Hemmorhagic Fever coming up from Texas border towns or E-coli intestinal parasites arriving with illegal aliens from Mexico daily, every American citizen is under a form of ‘Bio Terrorism’. Dept. of Homeland Security presents Americans with dire color coded ‘alert’ levels about a virtually non-existent Al Queda threat, but what DHS doesn’t protect us from is a mounting invasion from an ‘unarmed army’ of disease carrying illegals who are kill more Americans than 9/11.

  2. ****Please vaccinate Alabama!**

    I’ve got my vaccinations, but thanks for the concern.

    **Confederate Air Force**

    Also… why am I surprised that someone with Confederate in their name feels the need to make this post about “illegal aliens” when it had nothing to do with that.

  3. Only a moron would advocate vaccinations. They have been a scourge on mankind. Do a little research and find out what is REALLY causing all the outbreaks. You have been lied to over and over and only the stupid will still take these deadly toxic cocktails into their body.

  4. **Only a moron would advocate vaccinations. **

    Good god.

    I…I just can’t.

  5. In 2013, biologist Dr. Brian Hooker received a call from a Senior Scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who led the agency’s 2004 study on the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine and its link to autism.

    The scientist, Dr. William Thompson, confessed that the CDC had omitted crucial data in their final report that revealed a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism. Over several months, Dr. Hooker records the phone calls made to him by Dr. Thompson who provides the confidential data destroyed by his colleagues at the CDC.

    Dr. Hooker enlists the help of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the British gastroenterologist falsely accused of starting the anti-vax movement when he first reported in 1998 that the MMR vaccine may cause autism. In his ongoing effort to advocate for children’s health, Wakefield directs this documentary examining the evidence behind an appalling cover-up committed by the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens.

    Interviews with pharmaceutical insiders, doctors, politicians, and parents of vaccine-injured children reveal an alarming deception that has contributed to the skyrocketing increase of autism and potentially the most catastrophic epidemic of our lifetime.

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