COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- A mumps outbreak in central Ohio is approaching 200 confirmed cases.
Columbus Public Health says the outbreak has now reached 199 confirmed cases, with 126 linked to Ohio State University. Those infected by the viral illness range in age from 9 months to 70 years. they include 92 Ohio State students and 11 staff members.
The reports of the illness began Jan. 7 with the latest cases reported this week.
"We get an average of 10 to 11 cases every day," said Columbus Public Health spokesman Jose Rodriguez.
State and local health officials are urging residents to make sure they are properly vaccinated with two doses of measles-mumps-rubella, known as MMR.
"I can tell you that our own clinics, the vaccine is not being taken. We hope that will change," said Rodriguez.
Mumps often starts with fever, fatigue and body aches. those infected are urged to stay home, cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, and frequently wash their hands.
Rodriguez points out that there are typically about 900 cases of the mumps nationwide each year.
"Look at ours. We already have 200 in just Columbus, Ohio, so that gives you little bit of a sense of how large this outbreak is. It's substantial."
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