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The Daily Northwestern reported Wednesday that “someone on the Evanston campus has been diagnosed with a laboratory-confirmed case of mumps.”

This follows a release Tuesday from the Evanston Health Department that it had received a report from the Illinois Department of Public Health of a confirmed case of mumps in a Chicago area university student.

The paper credited the university’s Health Service with confirmation that the student was on the Evanston campus.

City of Evanston Health Director Evonda Thomas-Smith urged local healthcare providers to notify her department’s Communicable Disease Section if they locate anyone with “symptoms suggestive of mumps” at (847) 866-2962.

The city’s release said that mumps is transmitted by respiratory droplets and saliva and has an incubation period most commonly of 16 to 18 days.

“Therefore, if the student potentially infected anyone else, it is possible that health officials may see secondary cases June 15 through 27,” said Thomas-Smith.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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