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February 28, 2007

Mumps no longer considered “outbreak status” on campus

The DuPage County Health Department has taken Wheaton College off its active surveillance list for mumps.

February 24th marked fifty days, or two incubation periods, since the onset of the last mumps case on campus. This means the school is no longer considered in “outbreak status.”

However, students, faculty, staff and visitors are still being asked to remain vigilant when it comes to mumps. That includes remaining up-to-date on immunizations, and simply washing hands frequently.

For more information about the mumps, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the DuPage County Health Department.

Wheaton requires all students to have proof of vaccination on file. However, the State of Illinois allows exemption for those who object to vaccinations for medical or religious purposes. You can find the law and exemption information at the State's Department of Health.




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