U of I Mumps Outbreak Numbers Climb

Champaign, IL–An outbreak of mumps at the University of Illinois continues to grow with what officials now say are almost 100 cases. Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator Julie Pryde told The News-Gazette on Tuesday that 98 cases were confirmed. But she says more are likely with a number of lab tests taken from sick students awaiting confirmation. Fall classes started this week at the Urbana-Champaign campus. University health officials are offering free vaccination clinics for students this week. Mumps is a highly contagious viral illness characterized by swollen jaws and puffy cheeks.