Central Ohio Mumps Outbreak Soars To More Than 170 Cases


UPDATED: Wednesday April 9, 2014 2:58 PM

The number of mumps cases has reached 175 in Franklin and Delaware counties.

Columbus health officials now say 111 of the cases are linked to Ohio State University.

Columbus Public Health, Franklin County Public Health and the Delaware General Health District continue to investigate a growing outbreak of mumps cases in the community. All three health commissioners are urging individuals at highest risk of mumps to get vaccinated. 

Officials say anyone who has not received any doses of MMR and those who have received only one dose of MMR should be vaccinated.  Additionally, people born before 1987 are likely to have received just one or no MMR doses and should also be vaccinated.

Symptoms: fever, body aches, headaches and swelling of the salivary glands under the ears or jaw. 

Officials encourage anyone who has experienced these symptoms to contact his/her healthcare professional immediately. 

If you become infected with mumps:  Stay at home for five days after symptoms begin; cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and, wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

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