- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Columbus health officials say they’ve confirmed two cases of mumps at a local community college as an outbreak of the illness continues.

Columbus Public Health spokesman Jose Rodriguez says two Columbus State Community College students have been included in the official case count.

Rodriguez said Thursday the agency is also looking into reports of two more cases of mumps at the school near downtown.

Officials have confirmed 234 cases of the contagious viral illness in the area this year. They say 149 of those are linked to Ohio State University.

Mabel Freeman, Columbus State’s interim vice president for student affairs, tells the Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1r1BZTL ) the school has encouraged good hygiene and vaccination since the outbreak.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com