Mumps Outbreak Centered at University of Illinois

CBS St. Louis

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – More than two-thirds of the state’s 73 known cases of mumps are in Champaign County, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The number of cases in the Champaign area currently is at 50 and could continue to climb, state and local health officials said. Most of the cases are linked to the University of Illinois campus, where thousands of students who were away for the summer are expected to return to campus in the next few weeks for fall classes, health officials told The (Champaign) News-Gazette.

Dr. Robert Palinkas is director of the McKinley Health Center. Smaller mumps outbreaks happen periodically on campus, he said, but the current outbreak is the largest in more than a decade.

“We’re hoping it will tail off,” he said. “It always has, but you can’t necessarily be certain about that.”

Mumps is a highly contagious viral illness that’s…

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