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Mumps cases pass 150

Mumps cases pass 150

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- There are now 150 confirmed cases of the mumps in Franklin and Delaware Counties.

According to new numbers released by Columbus Public Health, 99 of the cases are linked to an outbreak at Ohio State University.

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.

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 their 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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