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Ohio Mumps Outbreak at 63 Cases, Spreads Beyond University

3/31/2014

Reuters
Reported by: Kim Palmer
Edited by: David Bailey and Gunna Dickson

Some 63 cases of mumps have been reported in Ohio in an outbreak that started at Ohio State University in Columbus but has spread to people without ties to the school - a "disturbing development," say public health officials.

Forty-five of those infected are Ohio State students, staff members or people with close campus ties, and 18 cases from the community have no university connection, said Jose Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Columbus health department.

Rodriguez said the majority of those infected had received at least one round of the vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella and it will be difficult to pinpoint the origin of the outbreak.

"It is an easy disease to give and get, much like the flu or cold, and it spreads in highly populated areas," Rodriguez said.  To read more, click here.




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