Huntley High School families,
We want to inform you that the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) has confirmed a single case of mumps within our student population.
Families of students who have special health requirements that may leave them more susceptible to the possible spread of this illness have received individualized notifications. For all families, we ask that you read the information below to help keep our students healthy.
What is Mumps?
Mumps is an acute viral illness that is spread person to person by droplets from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected individual. Symptoms of mumps include: fever, headache, myalgia, fatigue, loss of appetite and is followed by parotitis (swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears on one or both sides). Symptoms of mumps can appear (incubation period) 12 to 25 days following exposure.
Mumps is contagious 2 days prior to the onset of parotitis until 5 days after the onset of parotitis. The onset date of the parotitis is considered day 0. Although most people recover completely from mumps, complications from the disease can include meningitis, orchitis (testicular inflammation) and oophoritis (ovarian inflammation). Vaccinated children and adults can still become infected with mumps; however, disease is less likely to be as severe.
What is being done to prevent further cases?
The school is working with MCDH to implement all recommended protocols.
- Teachers and staff are referring potentially ill students/staff to the school nurse
- In keeping with state law, any students with a confirmed case shall be excluded for 5 days after the onset of symptoms
- We encourage all students, staff and visitors to practice proper hand washing and respiratory etiquette, including covering your cough with a tissue, coughing into your elbow when a tissue is not available, properly disposing of tissues, and regular and complete hand washing.
- In addition, we remind students not to share drinks, utensils, cosmetics, and other behaviors that increase risk of spreading disease.
We encourage everyone to look out for possible symptoms, and to contact your healthcare provider if you suspect symptoms of mumps. We appreciate your assistance to prevent further spread of illness among our school population. If you have any questions, please contact the McHenry County Department of Health Communicable Disease Program at (815) 334-4500.