Ohio mumps outbreak grows to 69 cases

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Health officials say 52 of the 69 mumps cases now confirmed in a central Ohio outbreak have been linked to Ohio State University.

They are urging residents to make sure they have properly received two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, known as MMR.

Columbus Public Health said Tuesday that the people infected with the contagious viral illness include 41 Ohio State students and six staff members.

Those infected range in age from 4 to 55. The cases span from early January to this week.

Mumps often starts with fever, fatigue and body aches. It can be spread by droplets of saliva or mucus. Those infected are urged to stay home for a few days, cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing and frequently wash their hands.

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