Officials: Central Ohio mumps cases reach 427

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Public health officials say a mumps outbreak in central Ohio has reached 427 cases across three counties.

Columbus health officials on Monday reported the running total of the cases of the contagious viral illness, with 237 of those linked to Ohio State University. The illnesses date back to early January.

The cases in Delaware, Franklin and Madison counties total a majority of reported cases nationwide.

Mumps often starts with fever, fatigue and body aches. Those infected are urged to stay home, cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, and frequently wash their hands.

Heath officials have advised college, school and daycare leaders to make sure central Ohio students are immunized.

Ohio's governor has issued an executive order to let pharmacists administer vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella.

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