The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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March 27, 2014

Dozens more Ohio State students report mumps cases

COLUMBUS — A dozen more Ohio State University students and one staff member have been added to the list of cases in a central Ohio mumps outbreak.

Public health agencies for Columbus and surrounding Franklin County on Wednesday reported 82 total cases of the contagious viral illness.

Sixty-nine of those are linked to Ohio State. Fifty-three involve Ohio State students.

The people infected range in age from 4 to 55. The cases span from early January to this week.

Health officials urge residents to make sure they have properly received two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, or MMR.

Mumps often starts with fever, fatigue and body aches. Those infected are urged to stay home for a few days, cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing and frequently wash their hands.

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