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Breaking: Will County Health Department declares mumps outbreak at Lewis University

1 confirmed case, 7 probable, school said

Vaccinations for the viral diseases Hepatitis A, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella sit on a counter as medical assistant Teresa Velazquez fills syringes with the liquids for Hayley Wilson of Wonder Lake, 1, at Northwestern Medicine - McHenry Campus on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 in McHenry.
Vaccinations for the viral diseases Hepatitis A, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella sit on a counter as medical assistant Teresa Velazquez fills syringes with the liquids for Hayley Wilson of Wonder Lake, 1, at Northwestern Medicine - McHenry Campus on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 in McHenry.

The Will County Health Department announced Tuesday that there is a mumps outbreak at Lewis University in Romeoville.

There is one confirmed case and seven probable cases of the highly contagious viral disease in students, according to a news release on the school’s website.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is mandating that all students, faculty and staff submit evidence of immunity to the Lewis University Center for Health and Counseling Services, located in the lower level of Mother Teresa Hall, according to the release.

Records can also be dropped off at the Office of Student Services, located in the Student Union, or the Office of the Registrar located in the Brother Paul French, FSC Learning Resource Center.

Those who have not provided evidence of immunity by Monday are restricted from campus until at least Dec. 28.

Lewis will provide a pop-up immunization clinic for students, faculty and staff from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the University Dining Room.

Acceptable evidence of mumps immunity includes at least one of the following:

• written documentation of receipt of one or more doses of a mumps containing vaccine administered on or after the first birthday for pre-school-aged children and adults not at high risk, and two doses of mumps-containing vaccine for school-aged children and adults at high risk;

• written documentation of receipt of an MMR booster in the last five years;

• laboratory evidence of immunity;

• birth before 1957; or

• laboratory confirmation of disease.

The best defense from the mumps is the measles, mumps, rubella, or MMR, vaccination.

Students, faculty and staff are urged to notify their health care provider if they become ill and develop swollen or painful salivary glands under the ears or jaw, or on the cheeks.

Visit willcountyhealth.org for more information.

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