Mumps on the rise: how to protect yourself

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — It’s an issue college students may try to avoid, but it’s one that’s rapidly developing in Central Ohio: measles and mumps is on the rise.

According to the Ohio Department of Health — a total of 472 people have come down with the disease — with the largest outbreak happening on The Ohio State University’s campus.

It’s a number that alarms Susan Bayless, Director of Nursing at the Clark County Combined Health District.

“Living in such close quarters where the majority of the kids that came down with the mumps were college students living in dorms. There is that small window where you can contract it even after completing the series,” she said.

Susan says the mumps and measles immunization is taken in two sets.

“The fact that they were living so closely together and sneezing and coughing, and probably not washing their hands the way they should have caused that outbreak,” she explained.

So we’re working for you to find out how you can keep college students safe from the virus.

The Ohio Department of Health says there are a few things you can do to keep you and your family safe:

  •  the best source of avoiding the mumps and measles is to be immunized
  • While in close quarters — covering your mouth and nose when sneezing
  • Washing hands well with soap
  • Not sharing drinks or utensils
  • And cleaning surfaces that are frequently touched: including toys — doorknobs — and tables.
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