There’s been a big spike in cases of the mumps in Central Illinois in recent days… and public health officials are trying to figure out why.
Sangamon County public health director Jim Stone says the numbers locally are huge compared to recent years. There have been 12 cases in the last 30 days in Sangamon County... compared to just one in each of the past three years. In neighboring Morgan County, 40 cases have been reported. Last year, there were only 25 cases of mumps in the entire state of Illinois.
The Sangamon County cases are concentrated among adults between the ages of 25 and 53. Most adults in that age group would have received the MMR vaccine, which protects against mumps, measles and rubella. But Stone says it’s unclear if the victims haven’t been immunized or if this is just a very aggressive strain of the virus.
Mumps can cause swelling of the salivary glands, along with fatigue, headache and other problems. Stone says people who haven’t been vaccinated should get that done. And he says good hygiene practices will slow the spread of the bug.