Published: Thu, March 09, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

CPS: Possible mumps case reported at North Side school

CPS: Possible mumps case reported at North Side school

One case of mumps is suspected at school on the North Side of Chicago.

On Tuesday, they identified a probable mumps case in the Village of Lake Zurich and one suspected case at Libertyville High School in Libertyville.

The number of mumps cases in Toronto has gone up by three, bringing the total to 31 confirmed cases in the city this year, according to Toronto Public Health.

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

Schools affected have been undergoing deep cleaning.

But on Tuesday, District 25 officials said that test results from the Cook County Department of Public Health came back negative for the probable case of mumps at South Middle School.

Lake County health officials first confirmed a case of mumps at Barrington High School early last week.

"CPS is supporting the Chicago Department of Public Health as it investigates a potential case of mumps", a statement from CPS said.

The mumps virus is spread when a person with the illness coughs or sneezes nearby, or shares food or drinks with other people.

Still, Toronto Public Health remains optimistic that there is unlikely to be a major outbreak because vaccination among students is above 90 per cent in most Toronto schools.

Symptoms include fever, headaches, muscle aches, fatigue, and swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears.

In severe cases, mumps can cause infection in the brain, painful swelling of the testicles or ovaries, pancreatitis and hearing loss.

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