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Published On: Wed, Mar 12th, 2014

Ohio State mumps outbreak up to 18 cases

The outbreak of the viral disease, mumps on the Columbus campus of the Ohio State University has increased to 18 cases, according to a report in the Student daily of The Ohio State University, The Lantern Tuesday.

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The piece by Brandon Merriman notes that two new cases of mumps were identified by Columbus Public Health, bringing the total number of cases reported to 18.

Jose Rodriguez, spokesman for Columbus Public Health, said Tuesday two of the 18 infected are not students, but they are linked to student cases.

Mumps is a viral illness and will go away on its own in about a week. Mumps is spread in droplets from the nose and throat of an infected person, usually when a person coughs or sneezes. Mumps can also spread by direct contact with saliva and discharges from the nose and throat of an infected person.

The symptoms may include body aches, fever and swollen, tender glands in one or both sides of the jaw area.

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

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