mumps outbreak rises to 212 cases, largely hits state university
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[April 15, 2014]
The number of cases of mumps in central
Ohio in a rare outbreak has jumped to 212, from 116 early this
month, mostly affecting students and others connected to The Ohio
State University, public health officials said on Monday.
At least 132 cases of the contagious disease, which
causes painful swelling of the salivary glands, have been linked to
the university outbreak to date, Columbus Public Health said on
Monday. The number of people hospitalized was not immediately known.
The outbreak had initially been limited to the university and those
connected to it, but health officials said in late March it had
spread to other parts of the Columbus, Ohio, area.
Mumps is considered rare in the United States. Franklin County,
which includes Columbus, typically sees one reported mumps case a
The cases have been reported in Franklin and Delaware counties.
The number of mumps cases reported annually in the United States has
plunged 98 percent since a vaccine was introduced in the 1960s,
according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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However, a multi-state outbreak in 2006 led to nearly 6,600
reported cases with more than 80 percent of the people saying they
were attending college.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle;
editing by Susan Fenton)
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