Vaccines urged amid central Ohio mumps outbreak

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The state Department of Health is urging residents to make sure they’re properly vaccinated as an outbreak of mumps continues to grow in central Ohio.

The agency says residents who haven’t had two doses of measles-mumps-rubella, known as MMR, are considered to be at high risk of getting mumps.

Health officials for Columbus and surrounding Franklin County say 119 cases of the viral illness have been confirmed, with 95 of those linked to Ohio State University. Neighboring Delaware County says 10 suspected cases there haven’t yet been confirmed.

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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