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CLINTON — A Clinton High School student suspected of having the mumps does not have the rare and contagious disease.

Lab testing for the mumps came back negative, David Remmert, administrator of the DeWitt-Piatt Bi-County Health Department, said on Wednesday.

The student had another viral illness, said Remmert, adding it's unclear from the testing what the student had.

Mumps is rare, although there have been outbreaks in recent years, including five confirmed cases in McLean County in June 2017.

When Clinton High School officials became aware last week that the student might have the mumps, they sent a letter to parents and guardians, reminding them that mumps is not common among children and teens who are up to date with their vaccinations.

School officials urged parents and guardians to make sure their children are current with their vaccinations, including the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine.

"The school was acting in the best interest of the students," Remmert said on Wednesday.

Mumps is spread by direct contact with respiratory droplets. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen salivary glands and malaise. Serious cases also can include swollen testicles in males and swollen ovaries in females and inflammation of the joints for several days.

Anyone who experiences symptoms should stay home for at least five days and call their health care provider.

Contact Paul Swiech at (309) 820-3275. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_swiech

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Health Reporter

Health reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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