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Over 100 mumps cases in central Ohio

Over 100 mumps cases in central Ohio

(Columbus) — Health officials monitoring a central Ohio mumps outbreak say the viral illness has now affected more than 100 people.

Eighty-one of the 103 confirmed cases reported Friday are linked to Ohio State University. Those infected range in age from 4 to 58. The cases span from January to this week.

Most of those infected are from Columbus. A few are from elsewhere in surrounding Franklin County.

Individual cases also have been reported involving people from Fairfield, Hamilton, Licking and Union counties.

Delaware County says it is investigating seven suspected cases of mumps.

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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