HEALTH ALERT: More than 200 mumps cases in Ohio - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

HEALTH ALERT: More than 200 mumps cases in Ohio

As of Monday, April 14, there are 212 mumps cases reported in Franklin and Delaware counties. To date, 132 cases have been linked to The Ohio State University outbreak. 

Columbus Public Health (CPH) and Franklin County Public Health continue to investigate a growing number of mumps cases in the community, and are encouraging individuals at highest risk of mumps to get vaccinated.  

To protect yourself and your loved ones from mumps, make sure you have received two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Anyone who has not received any doses of MMR and those who have received only one dose of MMR should be vaccinated.  Additionally, people born before 1987 are likely to have received just one or no MMR doses and should also be vaccinated.

People whose parents/guardians objected to vaccinations are also at risk if they did not receive the MMR vaccine. To get a copy of your vaccination record, check with your healthcare provider.

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

Most mumps transmissions likely occur before the salivary glands begin to swell and within five days after the swelling begins. Therefore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends isolating mumps patients for five days after their glands begin to swell.

Among males, mumps can lead to orchitis, a testicular inflammation that causes pain, swelling, nausea, vomiting and fever. Among some women with mumps, inflammation of the ovaries or breasts can occur.  Up to 15 percent of people with mumps also may suffer headaches and stiff necks.

Symptoms include fever, body aches, headaches and swelling of the salivary glands under the ears or jaw.  Anyone who experiences these symptoms should contact his/her healthcare professional immediately.

If you become infected with mumps:  Stay at home for five days after symptoms begin; cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and, wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

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