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Logan County District Board of Health members were briefed at their Wednesday afternoon meeting on the mumps outbreak in Central Ohio, which thus far has not spread to Logan County.
Health Commissioner Dr. Boyd Hoddinott said the Logan County Health District will put together specific recommendations for the community if a case of this contagious virus is reported in the county.
"If we get a case in Logan County, we'll be sending out press releases to notify the public," he said. "We'll also be recommending that people in certain occupations, such as health care workers and day care workers, be immunized if they haven't already."
According to a recent Ohio Department of Health report, 116 cases of mumps have been reported in Ohio. Among those cases, 75 have been confirmed through lab testing, including one case in Union County, LCHD Nursing Director Kay Schroer said.
Those highest at risk are individuals who have never received the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, and those who have only received one dose.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that children should receive their first dose of mumps-containing vaccine at 12-15 months and their second dose at 4-6 years. All adults born during or after 1957 should have documentation of one dose.
Mumps are spread by droplets of saliva or mucous from the nose, nose or throat of an infected person, usually when the person coughs, sneezes or talks.The illness typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, and is followed by swelling of salivary glands.
For additional board of health news, see Thursday's Examiner.