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Illinois hit hard by outbreak of mumps

5/15/2014

Herald Review
By Emily Steele

DECATUR – An outbreak of the mumps disease has been making its way through Illinois, including counties in Central Illinois.

Through the end of April, 82 cases of the viral infection have been reported, more than triple what was reported in all of last year.

Already, 15 cases have been reported in Sangamon County and 40 have been reported in Morgan County, other counties include Will, Cook, Greene and Fulton. Nine students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been diagnosed.

Annie Haubner, the Macon County Health Department communicable disease coordinator said no confirmed cases have been reported for the county. Sangamon, followed by Champaign County, are the closest where the disease has been documented.

Haubner said the cause of the outbreak is difficult to pinpoint, but it may be linked to parents not vaccinating their children.

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