Here in Winnebago County we have three confirmed cases of the mumps and five that the Health Department is looking into. It's that potential case that has the YMCA taking pro-active steps.
The Winnebago County Health Department contacted the YMCA to tell them that someone who potentially might have the mumps may have visited the YMCA recently. As a result of that discussion the YMCA has posted signs in the locker rooms and has an informational hand-out available to guests who want to know more about the mumps.
Mumps are very contagious and can be spread by air borne droplets. Mumps is spread by coughing and sneezing. The most common symptoms are fever, headache and swollen salivary glands. Mumps is most often relatively mild. Deafness and death, the most extreme results, are extremely rare.
Right now the Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 81 confirmed and probable cases. Winnebago County has 8, Boone County has 3, there is one in Ogle County, 1 in DeKalb, 2 in Carroll, 2 in Whiteside and Jo Daviess has the most with 17.
Again the best advice is if you suspect anything contact your health department or visit your physician. The number of cases of mumps in Wisconsin has risen to 11. The state with the most cases is Iowa with more than 600 reported so far. Iowa health officials report their average is about five cases per year.