COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- There are now more mumps cases in central Ohio than the entire nation saw last year. As of Tuesday morning, 439 cases were reported in Columbus along with Franklin, Madison, and Delaware counties.
The current outbreak is the larges in central Ohio since 1979 when 930 cases were reported.
“The large number of cases in this mumps outbreak is a grim reminder that highly infectious, vaccine preventable diseases can spread quickly and affect large numbers of people,” says Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Teresa Long. “We are only protected when our community is protected, and anytime we have unvaccinated and under-vaccinated groups, we are all at risk.”
Local cases include complications such as severe pain, 12 cases of inflammation of the testicles, 5 cases of inflammation of the ovaries, 1 case of deafness and hospitalizations.
Health officials are urging everyone to make sure they are updated on their vaccine. Two doses are needed for protection. People born before 1987 are likely to have received just one or no doses and should also be vaccinated.
The state is also dealing with a large measles outbreak in north-central Ohio. At last check there were 356 cases of the disease, including 9 cases that required hospitalization.