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Published On: Thu, Mar 20th, 2014

Mumps cases continue to mount at Ohio State, 37 cases to date

The mumps outbreak at the Ohio State University continues to grow with the addition of five new cases, according to Columbus Public Health today.

Mumps virus/CDC

Mumps virus/CDC

According to Jose Rodriguez with the health department, the total number of cases is now up to 37.

The newest cases include four OSU students and one staff member.

Mumps is also an acute viral disease that is characterized by fever and swelling and tenderness in one or more of the salivary glands. Maximum infectiousness occurs between two days prior to onset of illness to four days afterwards.

Complications to mumps may include; orchitis (which has been reported to be a risk factor for testicular cancer), encephalitis and spontaneous abortion. Sterility in males is a rare possible outcome.

Students are advised to be vigilant with their handwashing and to avoid sharing drinks.

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