Mumps Outbreak Leads to Health Alert in Summit County

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Mumps virus (Courtesy: A. Harrison and F. A. Murphy via MGN Online)

SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio– After a community-wide outbreak of mumps in part of Ohio, including at The Ohio State University, Summit County Public Health issued a health alert.

It’s encouraging the following people to be vaccinated:

**Those at highest risk

**Those who have not received any doses or just one dose of MMR/MMRV

**Those who do not have documented immunity against mumps

**People born before 1987 (they are likely to have received just one or no MMR doses.)

You can contact your health care provider, if you’re not sure.

According to Summit County Public Health, mumps is a viral illness that affects the salivary glands. It can be spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms include fever, body aches, headaches, and swelling of the salivary glands under the ears or jaw.

Symptoms develop between 16-18 days after a person is exposed, but can be as long as 25 days.

Health officials said as of April 16, 234 mumps cases have been reported in Franklin and Delaware counties; 145 cases have been linked to The Ohio State University outbreak.

Click here for more information on mumps or you can call 330-923-4891.

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