More mumps in Morgan County

By Jim McCabe on March 21 at 1:37pm

There are three more confirmed cases of the mumps in Morgan County.

That’s according to Morgan County Health Department administrator Dale Bainter, who says the number is up to 15. There were twelve confirmed cases as of Monday.

Bainter adds there are two probable cases of the mumps and eight suspected cases.

District 117 Superintendent Steve Ptacek says he sent out an email to staff and parents of Washington Elementary to confirm that one of the new cases is an “individual associated” with the school.

An employee at Jacksonville High School had a confirmed case of the mumps last week, but Ptacek says that person has been medically cleared.

The mumps vaccine is available at the Morgan County Health Department and local pharmacies. Bainter says the health department has plenty of vaccines and can better track them for its records when the shots are administered there. Officials at the Medicine Shoppe in Jacksonville tell us they haven’t sold any yet, but that those who have not been exposed to the mumps can avoid getting it by getting vaccinated.

Bainter says people born prior to 1957 and those with documentation of a prior physician-diagnosed case of the mumps have a natural immunity.