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32 Confirmed Mumps Cases Linked To OSU

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The number of confirmed mumps cases linked to The Ohio State University has increased to 32, according to health officials. The number of confirmed mumps cases linked to The Ohio State University has increased to 32, according to health officials.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The number of confirmed mumps cases linked to The Ohio State University has increased to 32, according to health officials.

According to Columbus Public Health, as of March 19 there were 32 cases of mumps confirmed from Feb. 11 through March 18.

There were 13 female cases, and 19 male cases.

A total of 26 Ohio State students were infected with the virus, along with one relative of an OSU student, two OSU staff members, and three community members who have strong links to OSU students.

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Health officials said the ages of the patients ranged from 18 to 48 years old.

Three people were hospitalized for one day as a result, but there are currently no hospitalizations for mumps.

Some of the male students who contracted the virus live in the Sigma Chi fraternity house located on East 15th Avenue, near the OSU campus.

Officials say they average about one case of mumps per year in Columbus.

Symptoms of the mumps are similar to the flu and include a fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, swollen glands under the ears or jaw, and a loss of appetite. The virus can be spread through saliva and symptoms can last anywhere from seven to 10 days, according to doctors.

The virus has an incubation period of 22 days, so doctors say anyone who may have contracted the virus will likely see symptoms when they return from spring break next week.

Health officials say if you suspect you might have the mumps it is important you visit a doctor so the case can be documented.

Anyone who is not immune from either previous mumps infections or from vaccination can contract the mumps virus.

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