Columbus Public Health is investigating an outbreak of mumps among Ohio State University students.
Nine students - four males, five females - appear to have the rare, contagious disease, said Jose Rodriguez, health department spokesman. There is a 10th case, but health officials say it doesn't appear to be related to the OSU outbreak.
The Columbus man, whose name was not disclosed, has been hospitalized. None of the OSU students - ages 19 to 22 - have been hospitalized.
Symptoms include a period of fever, headaches, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite. Thereafter, the salivary glands swell up, a telltale sign of the disease, which is typically not fatal.
The ages, gender and conditions of the students were not immediately available.
Rodriguez said Columbus Public Health learned of two of the cases late yesterday and five more today. It wasn’t immediately clear if the seven students have been placed in isolation.
Mumps is typically a mild disease in children, but can be more serious and have more complications in adults. Most people are vaccinated for the disease. Only 454 cases were reported nationwide in 2008, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
An OSU student had a suspected case of mumps during a large national outbreak in 2006, when more than 6,000 cases were reported.
It is the first mumps outbreak in Ohio since 2010, when 18 cases were confirmed in Lake and Cuyahoga counties.
By Ben Sutherly - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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