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Mumps Outbreak Declared Over in Central Ohio -- 10.10.2014

Columbus Public Health – Press Release
For Friday, October 10, 2014

Contact:      José R. Rodríguez                  (614) 604-5025             [email protected]

Mumps Outbreak Declared Over in Central Ohio 
Less Than One Case of Mumps per Week Reported for Seven Consecutive Weeks

Public health officials have announced that the central Ohio mumps outbreak is now over. 

The community mumps outbreak has been resolved with less than one case per week sustained over seven consecutive weeks (Aug. 3-Sept. 20, 2014). During this time, only three cases of mumps with onset of illness were reported.  The most recent central Ohio mumps case was reported on September 2.

“We are pleased that the central Ohio mumps outbreak has been resolved, but it’s important to remember that a new outbreak can occur at any time and without warning,” says Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Teresa Long.  “Now is the time to make sure all immunizations are up-to-date and you and your loved ones have received two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine so you are protected.” 

In all, 484 mumps cases were reported in the central Ohio outbreak – exceeding the total number of cases (438) reported in the United States during 2013.

The number of mumps cases in central Ohio also represented the highest incidence in Columbus, Delaware, Franklin, and Madison counties combined since 1979 when 930 cases were reported.

For more information about the MMR vaccine or mumps or detailed numbers of the outbreak, visit Columbus Public Health at