Published On: Thu, Mar 6th, 2014

Mumps outbreak at Ohio State

The Columbus (OH) Health Department is reporting a outbreak of the viral disease, mumps on the campus of the Ohio State University, according to a WBNS-10TV report today.

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At least seven students, mostly male, have contracted the disease.

An investigation into the outbreak is underway.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mumps is a contagious disease that is caused by the mumps virus. Mumps typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, and is followed by swelling of salivary glands.

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, can also be contaminated with the virus, which may spread to others if those items are shared.

Symptoms typically appear 16-18 days after infection, but this period can range from 12-25 days afterinfection.

It is usually a mild disease, but can occasionally cause serious complications.

The most common complication is inflammation of the testicles (orchitis) in males who have reached puberty; rarely does this lead to fertility problems.

Other rare complications include inflammation of the brain and/or tissue covering the brain and spinal cord(encephalitis/meningitis), inflammation of the ovaries (oophoritis) and/or breasts (mastitis) in females who have reached puberty and deafness.

Anyone who is not immune from either previous mumps infection or from vaccination can get mumps.

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