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Two Jacksonville Schools Exposed to Mumps Virus

Updated:
There's yet another mumps scare in Jacksonville. This one centers around two District 117 schools.

Superintendent
Steve Ptacek sent out an alert to parents, saying students at both
Lincoln Elementary School and Jacksonville High School may have been
exposed to the highly contagious disease.

He's asking parents to
watch their children for cold-like symptoms, including fever, headache,
muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, and swelling of salivary
glands.

Despite this recently-confirmed case, the Morgan County Health Department says the outbreak seems to be fading.

"With
the height, we reached 40 cases," Dale Bainter of the Morgan County
Health Department said. "It's now been several weeks, and we only have
the one diagnosed case at this point. So we are seeing a decline in the
numbers of diagnosed or confirmed cases."

The superintendent says
this most recent case of mumps was in a student. He says all staff have
already had to prove they've been vaccinated or aren't susceptible to
the mumps. The district went through that process because of the recent
outbreak.

Doctors say if you aren't vaccinated, the mumps is
contagious from about two days prior to a person showing symptoms, and
up to nine days after symptoms appear. Two Jacksonville Schools Exposed to Mumps Virus


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