Health Officials Investigating Mumps Cases At Three Hilliard Schools

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As the central Ohio mumps outbreak grows to more than 340 cases, Hilliard Schools is investigating three suspected cases in as many schools.

In a letter sent on Monday to Hilliard Schools Parents, Student Support Services Director Vicky Clark said the suspected cases were being investigated at J.W. Reason Elementary, Brown Elementary and Hilliard Bradley High School. 

Hilliard Schools say they’re partnering with the Franklin County Public Health Department to educate parents about the illness.

Meanwhile, the latest report says 201 of the cases are linked directly to the Ohio State University outbreak.

The central Ohio mumps outbreak now has more than 60 percent of all cases nationwide. They have been reported in Franklin, Delaware and Madison counties thus far.

State and local health officials are urging residents to make sure they're properly vaccinated with two doses of measles-mumps-rubella, known as MMR.

Mumps often starts with fever, fatigue and body aches. 

Those infected are urged to stay home for a few days, cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, and frequently wash their hands.