OSU Mumps Outbreak Increases To 13 Cases

Columbus Public Health confirms 13 cases of mumps among students at Ohio State University.(Photo: SHS OSU)
Columbus Public Health confirms 13 cases of mumps among students at Ohio State University.(Photo: SHS OSU)

Local health officials say the Ohio State University mumps outbreak continues to afflict more students.

Columbus Public Health officials say the number of confirmed cases of mumps now totals 13. Seven women and 6 men between the ages of 18 and 22 have tested positive for the highly-contagious disease.

CPH medical director Doctor Mysheika Williams Roberts said the majority of the students who have mumps report receiving their childhood vaccinations.

“The mumps component of the MMR vaccine has traditionally been known to be 80-90 percent effective, so it’s not unusual,” Roberts said for some people to contract the disease. “And when they’ve had other large outbreaks of this size or larger at college campuses we have seen a considerable number of cases who were vaccinated.”

Roberts expects the number of cases to increase. She said at this time all students are recovering at home.

Mumps causes swelling of salivary glands and flu-like symptoms. It can lead to infertility in men, and women can have ovarian swelling. The disease also can lead to viral meningitis.

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