Mumps cases spike across Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Public health officials are investigating a sharp increase in the number of mumps cases recorded in central Illinois.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports ( ) there has been 52 cases of the viral infection reported in Morgan and Sangamon counties.

The newspaper reports there were 26 cases reported in all of Illinois in 2013.

Jim Stone is director of the Sangamon County Department of Public Health and says “the spike is unusual.”

So far this year, there’s been 65 cases reported across the state, including the cases from Morgan and Sangamon counties. Mumps has also been reported in Fulton, Greene, Champaign, Cook and Will counties. The cases are mostly in adults.

Mumps can cause swelling of the salivary glands, along with fever, headaches, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite.
Information from: The State Journal-Register,


      • Melissa Parks

        Vaccinated people are contracting mumps as well. 8 of them in NJ had BOTH sets of vaccinations and still got it. Same with the measles outbreak.
        Rather than making everything a partisan rant, maybe consider WHY our vaccinations are not working anymore.

  • Shawn Curtis

    Vaccines are effective because of what is called “herd immunity”. They are not 100% effective on everyone. If almost everyone has some level of immunity, it prevents the people from being exposed to the virus in the first place. This protects those with weakened immune systems as well as those who didn’t build up an immunity due to the vaccine. The vaccines work as they should, we just have too many people like yourself that do not understand enough about them. A person walking around spreading mumps or measles can easily bump into people that have weakened immune systems who will catch it and do the same before being symptomatic. The only thing about vaccines that does not work is the fact that there are so many misinformed people out there that don’t remember their great-great-aunts and uncles who never made it past early childhood because of diseases that are easily preventable. Walk through an old cemetary and look at the dates on the graves, it’s haunting to see the number of small children who died prior to the 1930’s.

  • rose

    Polio in California, mumps in Illinois, a small percentage of Americans don’t vaccinate their children, but non of Illegal Adults here have been vaccinated for anything, and most of their children have not. We can expect many outbreaks of diseases that can kill, ones that where pretty well wiped out in the past due to responsible parents vaccinating their children. Diseases are brought into our country everyday by Illegals, and our government is doing very little to protect us from them.

  • Advocate

    Immunity wanes over the years. The CDC needs to do better studies on how long the vaccines we use truly work in our bodies and start suggesting boosters because most adults do not get titers to check immunity. Many 20 and 30 year Olds that have had 2 MMR’s come up not immune to either measles, mumps or rubella all the time. What does that say for immunocompromised or older generations? By the way, most illegal immigrants get just as many vaccines as Americans, and just like us; the older generations have had less vaccines. I’m sure you don’t look at shot records of immigrants on a daily basis to back your statement, or you’d know that.

    • rose

      I know that immunity wanes over the years, smallpox vaccine is good for 30 years, it’s probably been over 40 years since they’ve given them. No, I don’t look at daily records on Illegals, but I have and do have to deal with them in my profession of 17 years, can’t give you a total number of how many thousands I’ve dealt with, but I can give you a number on how many of these Illegals have been vaccinated for anything at all, here it is-NONE-NOT ONE. I’m sure somewhere out there some have been vaccinated, but not nearly enough to make a difference 5, 10 20 years from now.

    • rose

      Advocate-my professional experience with Illegals is solely in the State of Missouri, I’m quite sure the Illegals in California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, and so on, are all up to date with their vaccinations. There is not enough time in the day for me to look at other states shot records on a daily bases, i would think “you’d know that.” Defend them all you want, while you are defending them, try to encourage them and educate them on the importance of vaccinations. Thank you for all your help.

  • mom of 4

    2 of my 4 kids ages 3 and 4 have the mumps right now and they have had the first vaccine. The vaccination does not keep u from getting only makes the symptoms and condition less serious just like the flu shot. You can and most likely still will get it just not as severe.

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