Mumps FAQs

  • Barrington 220 School District is working closely with the Lake County Health Department and Cook County Health Department regarding the recent identification of mumps virus in the Barrington community. 

    As of April 3, the health departments have reported six confirmed cases at Barrington High School, three confirmed cases at Station Middle School, and one confirmed case at Countryside Elementary School. There are also several probable cases at both BHS and Station. 

    What are the signs and symptoms of mumps?

    From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Mumps is a contagious disease that is caused by a virus. Mumps typically starts with fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. Then, most people will have swelling of their salivary glands. This is what causes the puffy cheeks and a tender, swollen jaw.”


    How does a person contract the mumps?

    From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

    “An infected person can spread the virus by

    • coughing, sneezing, or talking,
    • sharing items, such as cups or eating utensils, with others, and
    • touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others.

    Mumps likely spreads before the salivary glands begin to swell and up to five days after the swelling begins.”


    If I have signs and symptoms of the mumps, what should I do?

    According to the Lake County Health Department, anyone experiencing signs and symptoms of the mumps should stay home from school or work and notify a physician as well as the school nurse. Inform your healthcare provider that mumps are present in your community.


    What kind of testing is done to identify mumps?

    From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “CDC recommends that a buccal or oral swab specimen and a blood specimen be collected from all patients with clinical features compatible with mumps.”


    When is this issue considered an outbreak?

    As of March 7, Barrington High School has three laboratory confirmed cases linked by time and place. Because BHS has reached three confirmed cases, the Lake County Health Department considers this an outbreak. Station Middle School reached outbreak status on March 21 with its third confirmed case. 


    If a person is vaccinated, are they fully protected against the mumps?

    From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Mumps can be prevented with MMR vaccine. This protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella. CDC recommends children get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. Teens and adults should also be up to date on their MMR vaccination.

    MMR vaccine is very safe and effective. The mumps component of the MMR vaccine is about 88% (range: 66-95%) effective when a person gets two doses; one dose is about 78% (range: 49%−92%) effective.”


    What If I’m unsure of my vaccination status?

    Call your physician to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your immunity to mumps.


    What is being done to clean schools?

    Barrington 220 facilities are always cleaned thoroughly each night. Due to the presence of mumps in the community, extra custodians are being brought in as needed. As directed by the CDC, custodians will clean all high-touch surfaces like doorknobs, tables, chairs and bathrooms with a bleach-based solution.  


    What is being done to clean buses?

    Barrington Transportation Company has been instructed to clean its buses with the same protocols being implemented in our facilities.


    Will school be closed due to the mumps virus?

    As of March 13, no plans are in place to close school due to the presence of the mumps virus. Barrington 220 is taking direction from the Lake County Health Department and Illinois Department of Public Health regarding this issue, and will keep the community updated on any new developments.

    Is there anything else I should know?

    Please visit the CDC website for more information regarding mumps and how to prevent it.