McLean Co Health Dept Checking Into Mumps Cases
The McLean County Health Department is looking into cases of mumps in the area. Department Director Walt Howe says the ages of the sick people range from 19 years old down to less than a year.
Howe says they cannot yet label it an outbreak because investigators have not linked the cases. He also says workers will be looking at possible connections to the University of Illinois which has had more than 100 cases of mumps this year, the bulk of the reports in the state.
Howe says mumps is very contagious and spread by droplets in the air. He urges people during the Labor Day holiday period to increase social distancing, cough control, and increase hand washing.