COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Public health officials say a mumps outbreak in central Ohio has topped 250 cases. That’s more than half of the nation’s 438 reported cases last year.
The total as of Monday was 253 cases of the contagious viral illness, with 153 of those linked to Ohio State University. That includes 109 students and 17 staff members.
Local health agencies say those infected range in age from 9 months to 80 years old. The cases span from early January to last week.
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.
Officials say local cases have included inflammation of the testicles and ovaries, deafness and hospitalizations.