ROMEOVILLE, Ill. (WLS) –
On the campus of Lewis University in the south-western suburb of Romeoville, according to school officials, mumps eruptions occur.
All students, teachers and staff of Lewis University must submit evidence of mumps vaccination until Monday, December 10, or risk of being expelled from campus. That was the word that came from university officials on Tuesday after Will's district health department announced an outbreak. In his latest update, health officials said a person has been confirmed to have contracted the virus while there are eight more likely cases and a so-called suspicious case.
"The first case was right before Thanksgiving," said Lewis University Senior Vice President of Student Services Joe Falese. "You are excluded from the campus and can come back as soon as this period (infection) is exceeded."
Officials say the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella) has virtually eliminated the disease. These days, mumps outbreaks are rare. When they happen, this is usually in college environments
"It is often passed down by saliva, so it can be passed on by people sharing paraphernalia and people living in very tight conditions," Nirav Shah said , Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The outbreak comes to a busy time for the student body of Lewis University. Classes will continue as planned.
"It's the last week, so they're just trying to get through last week," said student Andres Paz, who also said he was not worried.
Under the Law of the State of Illinois A student enrolled for more than six hours must provide proof of immunization in order to register. However, this does not apply to everyone who is on campus.
Flight instructor Dan Magner brought in his papers on Tuesday.
"I mentioned it to all of my students, make sure you get all the vaccinations, since we have final from Monday, so I want to make sure they are not excluded from the campus," he said.
On Thursday and Friday, vaccination clinics are planned on campus. [1
Mumps is a viral infection that affects the salivary blood disease. It is easy to prevent by a vaccine. Once thwarted, it is very contagious and there is no specific treatment for it. Only in rare cases it comes to serious complications such as brain swelling or male infertility.
Nonetheless, Shah says health authorities want to stem the spread of the disease by identifying all individuals who may have been in close contact with the doctor to help sick students to ensure that they receive refresher shots. Here are examples of acceptable evidence of immunity, according to school officials:
– Written documents on the receipt of one or more doses of a mump containing a vaccine given on or after the first birthday for preschoolers and for Adults who are not at high risk and have two doses of mumps containing vaccine for children and adults of old school age (eg medical personnel, international travelers and college students for secondary schools);
– written records of obtaining an MMR booster over the past five years
-Laboratory evidence of immunity;
-birth before 1957; or
– Laboratory Confirmation of the Disease
If you need help finding your vaccine, visit this Lewis University document.
Lewis University said the best defense against mumps was the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella).
Anyone who feels sick and develops swollen or painful salivary glands under their ears, jaws or cheeks should consult a doctor. Common symptoms of mumps infection include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen or tender salivary glands under the ears on either side.
For more information about mumps, visit the County Health Department's CDC website or the Testament website.
Lewis University said that if the school is informed of suspected mumps, the person is offered support services and expelled from the campus until it is no longer infectious. Anyone who comes in close contact with this person will be notified and all potentially contaminated areas will be cleaned.
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