There 199 cases of mumps reported in Central Ohio right now. And as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, most of those are related to the outbreak at Ohio State University.
In the latest figures provided by health departments in Columbus, Franklin County and Delaware County, 126 of those 199 cases are related to the outbreak at Ohio State University. The victims range in age from 9 months old to 70 years old. One hundred twenty-six are female and 73 are male.
Health authorities say most of those who have the mumps have been vaccinated for the disease, but the vaccine is not 100 percent effective. Officials are urging people who haven’t been vaccinated to do so soon and telling everyone else to wash their hands thoroughly and often.
People who think they might be infected with the disease are advised to stay home, away from people and seek medical attention immediately.