An outbreak of mumps, first reported at The Ohio State University, has spread beyond campus and into the community, health officials said.
As of Monday, 63 cases of mumps were reported in Franklin County, Ohio, according to Columbus Public Health. Forty-five of those are linked to the university outbreak, said Jose Rodriguez, spokesman for the health department.
The has been increased cases of the Mumps here in Columbus.
I spoke with Dr. Myshekia Roberts from the city of Columbus who gave some insight on how we can help prevent the Mumps from spreading.
Here are some thoughts to consider:
3 things that could help curb this outbreak:
- Get up to date on your MMR shot
- If you got the mumps Isolate
- Practice good hygiene; wash your hands, cover your cough/sneeze, stay home if you are sick.
Most mumps transmissions likely occur before the salivary glands begin to swell and within five days after the swelling begins. Therefore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends isolating mumps patients for five days after their glands begin to swell.
Among males, mumps can lead to orchitis, a testicular inflammation that causes pain, swelling, nausea, vomiting and fever. Among some women with mumps, inflammation of the ovaries or breasts can occur. Up to 15 percent of people with mumps also may suffer headaches and stiff necks.
Symptoms usually occur 14 to 18 days after infection. The time between infection and illness can be as short as 12 days or as long as 25 days.
People with mumps are usually contagious from two days before to five days after they develop symptoms. A person is most contagious just before symptoms appear.
The mumps vaccine is 80% to 90% effective. So if we come around someone that got the disease because they were not vaccinated, 10 to 20 % of us could be at risk of getting infected.
Why is this important – no one is dying? Illness can cause serious complications, highly infectious disease, could out of work/school for 5 + days. And its preventable.