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Breaking: Possible case of mumps at Lockport Township High School

Lockport Township High School District 205 reported a possible case of the mumps in a letter on Dec. 6, 2018 to parents.
Lockport Township High School District 205 reported a possible case of the mumps in a letter on Dec. 6, 2018 to parents.

Lockport Township High School District 205 sent a letter to parents Thursday, informing them that someone at one of the schools possibly had contracted mumps.

“This is a letter to inform you that a person in your student’s school may have contracted a case of mumps,” according to the letter.

Tony Cundari, LTHS assistant superintendent for personnel, said Friday that the school staff from both the east and central campuses met to discuss the situation. There were no developments from the information in Thursday’s letter.

Cundari said he couldn’t reveal if the person who might be infected was a student or at which campus the person was located.

On Wednesday, Lewis University in Romeoville reported that there was an outbreak, with one confirmed case and eight possible cases. The university set up pop-up clinics for students and staff to get their measles-mumps-rubella booster shots.

The university cancelled several events on campus and rescheduled its winter graduation ceremony. The Will County Health Department said in a news release that no vaccine is 100 percent effective, and an outbreak could mean that the strain of the disease could have changed or the vaccine might wane over time.

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