2 cases of mumps in Shelby County

SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) – The Shelby County Board of Health says it has two confirmed cases of mumps in the county.

One victim is a senior citizen while the other is a child.

The Board of Health says the cases are not connected and it is not considered an outbreak right now.

There are hundreds of cases in the Columbus area, many at The Ohio State University, but the Sidney cases are also not connected to that outbreak.

Anyone exposed to the two victims have already been notified about what symptoms to look for.

The Ohio Department of Health encourages people to get vaccinated before heading out to summer time activities such as fairs, camps and picnics.

“Activities that bring large groups of people together can accelerate the spread of these diseases,” said ODH State Epidemiologist Dr. Mary DiOrio. “When coming into close contact with sick individuals, immunizations can provide the protection you need to keep from getting ill.”

Symptoms of mumps include a runny nose, cough and swelling of the salivary glands. 1/3 of people who have the mumps do not exhibit symptoms.

Visit the Ohio Department of Health or the Shelby County Health Department for more information.

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