Mumps cases reach 189; most linked to Ohio State

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Health officials tracking a mumps outbreak in central Ohio say there are now 189 confirmed cases, with 120 linked to Ohio State University.

Local health agencies in the area say that those infected by the viral illness range in age from 9 months to 70 years. They include 89 Ohio State students.

The reports of the illness began Jan. 7 with the latest cases reported this week. They've occurred in Franklin and Delaware counties.

State and local health officials are urging residents to make sure they are properly vaccinated with two doses of measles-mumps-rubella, known as MMR.

Mumps often starts with fever, fatigue and body aches. Those infected are urged to stay home, cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, and frequently wash their hands.

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