On Friday, the public health officials told that the cases of mumps have jumped to 244, which were earlier 212 this month. The rare outbreak in central Ohio has mainly affected the students and those who are associated with the Ohio State University.
The disease causes the salivary glands to swell which is quite painful. Last Monday, the Columbus Public Health mentioned that almost 132 cases of this contagious disease have been associated with the university outbreak till now. There was no initial information on how many people were hospitalized.
In the beginning, the outbreak was restricted to the people who either belonged to the university or were associated with the university, but the health officials pointed out that till the end of March, it had also spread to the other parts of Columbus, Ohio area.
Mumps is very rare in the US Franklin County, which includes Columbus and generally one reported case of of mumps is reported a year. Though in 2006, a multi-state outbreak led to almost 6,600 reported cases and more than 80 % of them were college students.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that due to the introduction of a vaccine in 1960’s, the annual reported cases of mumps in the US have been reduced by 98 percent.
Over the weekend, Delaware county has reported similar cases too.