As many as 18 cases of mumps suspected in suburban school

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BARRINGTON, Ill. —There are now two confirmed cases of mumps at Barrington High School, but there may be as many as 18 more cases in the school.

Lake County health officials believe the number will grow.

The Chicago Tribune reports the two new cases involve one student and one adult.

For now, school officials are referring to the mumps cases as a "cluster," not an outbreak.

The disease is commonly spread through sneezing, coughing, sharing of cups or items that have come in contact with saliva.Those suspected by a doctor of having mumps should stay home for five days after the onset of swelling.

The health department is telling those who aren't vaccinated they have to stay home for 25 days.

For information, call the Lake County Health Department at 847-377-8130.

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