Mumps cases reach 175, most linked to Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health officials tracking a mumps outbreak in central Ohio say there are now 175 confirmed cases, with 111 linked to Ohio State University.

Local health agencies in the area say that those infected by the viral illness range in age from 9 months to 70 years. They include 86 Ohio State students and 10 staff members.

The cases span from early January through Monday.

State and local health officials are urging residents to make sure they are 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.

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