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Published On: Tue, Mar 18th, 2014

Mumps outbreak continues at OSU as students return to class

UPDATE: Ohio State University Mumps Cases Now At 28

Despite having spring break last week, the mumps outbreak continues to grow on the campus of Ohio State University, according to WBNS 10 TV news report Monday.

It is reported that the number of cases nearly doubled during this time to 21 cases. However, this number has increased further according to the Associated Press who reports 23 cases.

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All of those infected either attend OSU or are associated to an infected student. One university staff member has been identified as being infected.

The confirmed cases involve 11 women and 12 men. They range in age from 18 to 48.

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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