Additional Cases of Mumps Associated With HHS Student

Huntley High School families,

We want to inform you that the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) has identified two additional cases of mumps with a connection to Huntley High School. We sent notification on October 26 of a single previously confirmed case within our student body.

Please see the information released by the Health Department below, which includes information about the illness, symptoms to look out for, and vaccinations. Below is additional information on our response to help keep our students healthy.

McHenry County Department of Health Release

Illinois Department of Public Health Mumps Fact Sheet

Our Response

We remain in close contact with MCDH and will institute their recommendations as we continue to monitor the situation. In addition, we will continue to implement the recommendations of MCDH, as follow:

  • In keeping with state law, any students with a confirmed case shall be excluded for 5 days after the onset of symptoms
  • Teachers and staff are referring potentially ill students/staff to the school nurse
  • 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 handwashing.
  • In addition, we remind students not to share drinks, utensils, cosmetics, and other behaviors that increase the risk of spreading disease.

We encourage everyone to look out for possible symptoms of infection. Please contact your healthcare provider if you suspect symptoms, and inform them that your child’s school has seen a confirmed case of mumps.

Thank you for your continued cooperation in working 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.