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234 mumps cases reported, outbreak spreads to Columbus State Community College

The mumps outbreak has spread to another Columbus college campus.

As of Thursday afternoon, 234 mumps cases had been reported in Franklin and Delaware counties. Of those cases, 149 of were linked to the Ohio State outbreak, according to a Columbus Public Health release.

Two cases have been reported at Columbus State Community College and a third is being investigated, Jose Rodriguez, spokesman for Columbus Public Health, said in an email Thursday.

The onset of the first case connected to the Franklin County outbreak was Jan. 7, while the first case connected to OSU was Feb. 10.

Mumps is a viral infection of the salivary glands, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. It can spread through coughing, sneezing or contact with saliva or mucus. According to the CDC website, the disease can be carried without any symptoms.

Those who are affected by mumps might have swollen and tender salivary glands under the ears or jaw on the side of the face, fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite and inflammation of the testicles in men, according to the CDC. The website also says there is no specific treatment for mumps, but it is usually gone in a week or two.

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