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240 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 645-7417

Mumps Community Outbreak – Update

As of 11:30 a.m. on September 10*:

483 mumps cases have been reported in Columbus, Franklin, Madison and Delaware counties. To date, 255 cases have been linked to The Ohio State University outbreak.

Central Ohio Mumps Outbreak now exceeds the total cases reported in the United States in 2013 (438 cases). The 2014 Central Ohio mumps incidence is the highest since 1979 when 930 cases were reported for the entire year (926 in Columbus & Franklin County & four in Madison County).

* This page will be updated weekly on Wednesdays. The time will vary depending on when the data is released. 

Mumps Outbreak Summary of Cases


Public health officials continue to investigate a growing number of mumps cases in central Ohio. Local cases now include these complications:

  • Severe pain
  • Inflammation of the testicles (orchitis) in post pubescent males
  • Inflammation of the ovaries (oophoritis) in post pubescent females
  • Deafness
  • Hospitalizations 

As the investigation of the local mumps outbreak continues, public health officials urge individuals at highest risk of mumps to get vaccinated with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR).  

Two doses of MMR are needed for protection.  Anyone who has not received any doses of MMR and those who have received only one dose of MMR should be vaccinated as soon as possible.  Additionally, people born before 1987 are likely to have received just one or no MMR doses and should also be vaccinated.

People whose parents/guardians objected to vaccinations are also at risk if they did not receive the MMR vaccine. To get a copy of your vaccination record, check with your healthcare provider.
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