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Mumps outbreak now “community-wide”

Mumps outbreak now “community-wide”

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Health officials monitoring a central Ohio mumps outbreak say they consider the outbreak of the viral illness “community-wide.”

As of March 31, it had affected more than 100 people and Columbus Public Health was encouraging those who have not received any measles-mumps-rubella vaccines or who have received only one dose to get vaccinated, spokesman Jose Rodriguez said. Rodriguez says the best protection requires two doses of the MMR vaccine.

Children should receive the MMR vaccine on or after their first birthday, followed by a second dose at 4 to 6 years of age, Rodriguez says.

Eighty-one of the 103 confirmed cases reported Friday are linked to Ohio State University. Those infected range in age from 4 to 58. The cases span from January to this week.

Most of those infected are from Columbus. A few are from elsewhere in surrounding Franklin County. Those cases involve people between the ages of 4 and 50, Rodriguez said.

Delaware County says it is investigating seven suspected cases of mumps and individual cases also have been reported involving people from Fairfield, Hamilton, Licking and Union counties.

Mumps often starts with fever, fatigue and body aches. Those infected are urged to stay home for a few days, cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, and frequently wash their hands.

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