- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Public health officials are investigating a possible outbreak of mumps at Ohio State University, where nine students are reported to have the contagious infection.

Mysheika (mah-SHEE’-kah-) Roberts, medical director for Columbus Public Health, says the department is working to find out whether there is a connection between the cases. She said officials are in the early stages of their investigation and are interviewing students.

The students’ ages, genders and conditions were not immediately known.

Ohio State is preparing for spring break next week, and some students may already be leaving campus.

Roberts says the infected students have been told to stay isolated from others.

Mumps is a viral infection that typically starts with fever, fatigue and body aches. Roberts says the treatment is rest and fluid.

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