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Health agencies try to counter Ohio mumps outbreak

4/23/2014

Associated Press
By Kantele Franko
April 22, 2014 

COLUMBUS: Health agencies trying to stem a large and growing mumps outbreak are advising college, school and even day care leaders to make sure central Ohio students are immunized and to separate them from those who haven’t been vaccinated and those who are infected.

More than 260 cases of the contagious viral illness are confirmed, making it the largest mumps outbreak in Ohio in years, said Brian Fowler, the chief of vaccine-preventable disease epidemiology at the Ohio Department of Health.

It comprises most of the 276 mumps cases reported nationwide so far this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By comparison, 438 cases were reported last year.

The Ohio cases date to January, and it is hard to say how long the outbreak might last.

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