Central Ohio mumps outbreak now has 199 cases; 126 linked to Ohio State University


COLUMBUS — A mumps outbreak in central Ohio is approaching 200 confirmed cases.

Health officials tracking the outbreak say there are now 199 confirmed cases, with 126 linked to Ohio State University.

Local health agencies say 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.

Larry Vasko, deputy commissioner of the Toledo Lucas County Health Department, said there are no known local cases of mumps.

“This is why people need to get vaccinated,” Mr. Vasko said of the outbreak.

No cases of mumps have been reported at either the University of Toledo or Bowling Green State University.

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.

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.