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Mumps at ISU

Written by on February 27, 2020

Photo courtesy to McLean County Facebook page

NORMAL, Ill.- Student Health Administration sent out a mass email and released that The McLean County Health Department has confirmed three unrelated mumps cases at Illinois State University.

The cases are unrelated, so it is not considered an outbreak. 

In all three cases, the patients were in their early 20s and were ISU students who live off campus.

All three cases were appropriately vaccinated based on verified immunization records.   

Director of Media Relations Eric Jome said that the University runs into situations like this all the time.

There will be cases that are unrelated and come out, but it is not considered an outbreak.

He said an outbreak is only when there is direction relation, and they can prove the originality of the disease.

The McLean County Health department wanted the university to report it because Mumps is a contagious disease.

Communicable Disease Program Supervisor Melissa Graven states that, “All cases have recovered and that it is not unusual to have mumps cases sporadically; however, with three confirmed cases identified, we wanted the community to be aware.”

Jome said that it is important for students to reach out to their health care provider is they are experiencing Mumps symptoms.


McLean County Health Department is available to provide MMR vaccinations to both children and adults.