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Published On: Tue, Jun 24th, 2014

Ohio mumps cases in 2014 exceed US 2013 total

The mumps outbreak in Central Ohio has reached a total 439 cases since the first cases were reported at the Ohio State University in early March. This total exceeds the total number of mumps cases reported in the entire United States in 2013 (438).

Image/Columbus Public Health

Image/Columbus Public Health

The 2014 Central Ohio mumps incidence is the highest since 1979 when 930 cases were reported for the entire year (926 in Columbus & Franklin County & four in Madison County).

“The large number of cases in this mumps outbreak is a grim reminder that highly infectious, vaccine preventable diseases can spread quickly and affect large numbers of people,” says Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Teresa Long.

“We are only protected when our community is protected, and anytime we have unvaccinated and under-vaccinated groups, we are all at risk.”    Local cases include complications such as severe pain, inflammation of the testicles (orchitis) in post pubescent males (12), inflammation of the ovaries (oophoritis) in post pubescent females (5), deafness (1) and hospitalizations. 

In addition to the mumps outbreak, the Ohio measles outbreak is currently at 348 cases resulting in eight hospitalizations. Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting 514 measles cases as of June 20. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page

 

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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