October 25, 2014

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16 cases of mumps reported in Ohio State outbreak

COLUMBUS — Public health officials say 16 mumps cases have been confirmed in an outbreak at Ohio State University.

Columbus Public Health spokesman Jose Rodriguez says officials expect to see more cases because those who contract the virus can be contagious for weeks and about one-third of them generally don’t show symptoms.

Doctors are concerned the contagious infection might spread to other locales with many students traveling away from campus during this week’s spring break.

Rodriguez says health officials throughout Ohio have been warned to watch for mumpssymptoms and cases that might be connected to the outbreak. Officials are working to trace its origins.

The cases involve seven females and nine males. The students range in age from 18 to 48. Some had severe symptoms; none was hospitalized.



    I thought Mumps was included in the mandatory MMR vaccination schedule for children. I wonder if these cases are related to foreign nationals that come from places that don’t immunize.

    • FoodForThought63

      If the immunizations work however, which I am not opined one way or another, those who’ve been vaccinated should not have to worry. Those who’ve chosen not to vaccinate can deal with the consequences. Right?

      • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

        Actually, this is incorrect. The antivaccination crowd allows for the reemergence, spread, and therefore the evolution of the mumps virus, which allows the virus to adapt and infect those who were previously immunized. The reemergence of the virus allows it to become stronger.

  • oldruss

    Quarantine the whole lot of them; I mean, keep all the OSU students on campus and don’t let them infect the entire state over Spring Break, or infect Cancun, St. Thomas, San Juan, or Pensacola.

  • Christopher Frederick

    It IS included with MMR, but all the hippie parents with no regard for public safety choose not to immunize. Now we all have to deal with it again.

    • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

      The antivaccine movement is heavily tied to religious fundamentalism in the United States, along with some conspiracy theorists who’ve tried to attribute various unrelated issues to vaccines. It’s dangerous, no doubt, but to blame it on “the hippies” is a stretch.

      • Pablo Jones

        Everyone knows the government puts a modified version of mercury in the vaccines that messes with kids brains. When those kids grow up the lifetime exposure of fluoride in the drinking water and the mercury turns them into socialists. If they rebel the chemical cocktail will turn them into zombies.


        I don’t know about that, I am religious and I have no issues with vaccinations, may be a stretch to blame religion.

        • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

          I think you may have missed the word after “religious” in my post. I didn’t blame religion.