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Published: Thu, March 09, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Mumps case confirmed at Nova Scotia elementary school

Mumps case confirmed at Nova Scotia elementary school

With the case reported late last week at Forest Hill Collegiate there are now three students with mumps at three different schools.

"The risk of acquiring the mumps in Toronto schools is low because most schools have high vaccination rates and the mumps vaccine is required for school attendance in Ontario", the letter said.

With the addition of the two new cases, the total number of possible and confirmed cases of mumps in Lake County stands at 32. There is also one suspected case in Cook County, in Arlington Heights.

Shari says officials will address the media about the cases once parents at each respective school have been notified. Protocol in the case of infectious diseases like mumps has health authorities trying to trace and isolate those who might be positive.

"This individual in Barrington is an adult who, to our knowledge, is not connected to the District 220 schools involved in the cluster of mumps cases", she said.

The mumps virus is spread through coughing, sneezing and coming into contact with saliva.

There were more suspected cases at Prairie and Station middle schools.

Health officials say to look out for a low-grade fever, stiff neck and swollen salivary glands as symptoms of the virus.

The possible case, which hasn't been confirmed, is at Helen C. Pierce School of International Studies, 1423 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., in the Andersonville neighborhood, the report stated.

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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