Columbus public health officials provide update on mumps outbreak

Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health said on Tuesday that they are continuing to investigate an outbreak of mumps in Ohio, and encouraged everyone to make sure they were vaccinated.

Franklin and Delaware counties reported 224 cases of mumps, 139 of which were linked to a mumps outbreak at The Ohio State University.

The public health agencies said that anyone who has not received the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or only received one dose, should see their doctor to receive a vaccination.

Mumps is spread through droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat when a person coughs, sneezes or talks. Symptoms include fever, body aches, headaches and swelling in the salivary glands.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that most transmissions occur before the glands being to swell and for up to five days after swelling starts. Patients are recommended to stay at home for five days after symptoms begin to prevent transmission of the illness.

Mumps can lead to complications, such as testicular inflammation in males and inflammation of the ovaries or breasts in women. The inflammation may cause pain, nausea, vomiting and fever. As many as 15 percent of people with mumps also experience headaches and stiff neck.