A mumps outbreak gets identified.
While some college students are enjoying Spring Break, students at Ohio State University are fighting off a nasty virus. A recent report said that at least 28 cases of the mumps have been confirmed at Ohio State University.
Among those infected are students, staff, a relative of a student, and three other people not directly affiliated with the university, but who were exposed to the virus. Public health officials have noted that while Ohio state law and the university do not require MMR vaccinations, it is unclear at this point whether or not infected persons were vaccinated.
The virus reportedly occurred between the dates of Feb. 11 and Mar. 12, and has affected both men and women ranging in age from 18 to 48. Officials are looking into the initial exposure, the people who became infected and any links that can lead to more information.
The mumps virus is spread through saliva passed through a cough or sneeze, or by sharing beverages and utensils with someone who has the virus. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headaches, fatigue and swelling of the salivary glands. People who have previously experienced the virus or have received an MMR vaccination are not susceptible to contracting the virus. Since the introduction of the MMR vaccine, mumps has not been as common. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prior to the introduction of the vaccine, it was a common illness among infants, children and young adults.
There are currently treatments for the virus, however, recovery time is typically around two weeks, with some cases requiring extended treatment.
Three victims have received hospitalization and the University and public health officials are urging Ohio State University students, faculty and staff to take proper precautions moving forward in order to ensure their health and safety as they return to classes this coming Monday.