Published On: Wed, Apr 16th, 2014

Mumps cases rise on Ohio State, UW-Madison

The number of cases of the contagious, viral disease mumps on two college campuses continue to rise, according to health officials. Both the Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison report additional cases of mumps.



The University Health Services (UHS) at UW-Madison report that the number of cases is up to five. This is up from three cases reported about 10 days ago.

In central Ohio, the number of mumps cases at the Ohio State University increases on a daily basis. According to Columbus Public Health yesterday, the latest figures show  that the number of mumps cases linked to the university now stands at 139.

In the whole of Franklin and Delaware Counties, 224 cases have been reported. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page.

Mumps is a contagious viral illness that spreads by droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person, usually when the person coughs, sneezes or talks. While most people who have been given the mumps vaccine are usually protected for life against mumps infections, mumps can occur in previously immunized persons.

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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