March 10, 2017


Michelle Blackley, Principal




Parent Notification of 1 Confirmed Mumps Case


Today, the Health Office was notified of an adult's confirmed case of the mumps at Daniel Wright Junior High. Mumps is a viral disease and is very contagious. We have been in contact with the Lake County Health Department (LCHD) to receive guidance that will help protect the health of our students.


Per Illinois Administrative Code, any students at Daniel Wright who are not vaccinated for mumps must be excluded from school 12-25 days after the onset. This requirement goes into effect and the timeline resets any time there is a confirmed case. Our building administrators are directly contacting the families with Daniel Wright students impacted by this requirement. Today is Day 12 of the onset for the confirmed case, and Thursday, March 23rd is Day 25. At this time, Daniel Wright does not have any reports of other suspected or probable cases. 


Please review the following information from the LCHD concerning symptoms, treatment and prevention measures. By becoming aware of the symptoms, keeping a child with symptoms home from school, and contacting both your physician and school nurse, you will help reduce the spread of the mumps virus. We will also be paying special attention and cleaning high-touch surfaces at Daniel Wright as a protective measure.


The LCHD notification (provided below) is also posted on our Health and Wellness webpage. 


Thank you,

Kelly Brunning, R.N., PEL-CSN

Certified School Nurse


Source: Lake County Health Department




A case of mumps has been reported in your student's school. Mumps is a viral disease and is very contagious.


Incubation period: (the time between exposure to the disease and the appearance of symptoms) can be 2 to 3 weeks, but is usually 16-18 days.


Contagious period: (when the disease can be transmitted to another person)
The person is most infectious 1-2 days before to 5 days after onset of parotitis (swelling near the jaw and neck).


Signs and symptoms:
Swelling or pain close to the jaw or one or both sides of the face is the hallmark of mumps. The sick person may also have headache, low-grade fever, earache, sore throat or cough.


How is the disease spread:
Exposure to infected respiratory droplets through sneezing, coughing, sharing of cups or other items with contact to saliva.


Since this is a virus, only general supportive therapy is all that is needed. Please see your medical provider if symptoms last more than 2 days. A painless cheek (buccal) swab can help confirm the illness.


Control of cases:
Those who are suspected by a physician of having mumps are to remain home for 5 days after the onset of swelling.


Control of contacts:
Susceptible "close" contacts (students and staff) not appropriately immunized or who do not have laboratory evidence of immunity will be excluded from work or classes from days 12-25 after their last exposure. Susceptibles are defined as students who have not had at least two MMR's (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine, and staff who have not had a least one documented MMR.


General prevention measures:
Ensure that your child is vaccinated to date for their age with the MMR vaccine. Practice good hygiene measures (hand washing) throughout the day. Cover your nose and mouth with tissue or the crook of your arm when coughing or sneezing. Don't share items that go in the mouth (cups, water bottles, soda cans, etc.) and establish good health habits (i.e., good nutrition, sleep, exercise and minimize stress)


Any questions, call the Lake County Health Department/Communicable Disease Program at 847-377-8130 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM)


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