The Ohio State University Mumps Outbreak

osuAs of Tuesday, Columbus health officials announced that more than 100 people in Franklin County have been infected with mumps. The outbreak has been linked to The Ohio State University, which started around the middle of March. Most OSU students are being extremely careful about how they are interacting with others.

The viral disease causes headaches, swelling of the salivary glands, and a fever. These symptoms can last anywhere from a week to a week and a half. The virus can easily be spread through saliva. Disease investigators with Columbus Public Health have been unable to connect the cases beyond the fact that most of the victims were probably infected by exposure to the students at OSU.

“(University) precautions include Student Health Services and Columbus Public Health’s urging students who have fallen ill with mumps to stay home and avoid school, work and other public settings for five days after their symptoms appear,” Steinmetz said. “If you have such students in your classes, I ask that you offer them all reasonable accommodation to make up … work they’ve missed while sparing their classmates from possible infection.”

Health officials are also strongly encouraging local residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

–          Anee’ Allen

Source: CBS News, The Lantern

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