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Published On: Wed, Apr 9th, 2014

Central Ohio mumps outbreak rises to 175 cases

The number of mumps cases in the Central Ohio counties of Franklin and Delaware continue their rise.

According to the latest numbers released by Columbus Public Health (CPH), 175 mumps cases have been reported in Franklin and Delaware counties. To date, 111 cases have been linked to The Ohio State University outbreak.

Mumps Photo/CDC

Mumps Photo/CDC

The age of the youngest patient is 9 months old.

Health officials advise the public that if your presently not vaccinated or under-vaccinated, you should get vaccinated with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.

According to CPH, Mumps is spread by droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat of an infected person, usually when the person coughs, sneezes or talks. Items used by an infected person, such as cups or soft drink cans, also can be contaminated with the virus, which may spread to others if those items are shared. 

Most mumps transmissions likely occur before the salivary glands begin to swell and within five days after the swelling begins. Therefore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends isolating mumps patients for five days after their glands begin to swell.

Among males, mumps can lead to orchitis, a testicular inflammation that causes pain, swelling, nausea, vomiting and fever. Among some women with mumps, inflammation of the ovaries or breasts can occur.  Up to 15 percent of people with mumps also may suffer headaches and stiff necks.

Symptoms include fever, body aches, headaches and swelling of the salivary glands under the ears or jaw.  Anyone who experiences these symptoms should 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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