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Student aide may have brought mumps to Ohio State child care center

The outbreak of mumps at Ohio State has taken a serious turn. WBNS reported on April 24 that Ohio State University has notified parents in its child care program that a student aide has been diagnosed with suspected mumps. The program is located at the Ackerman Road facility, and the aide worked in Classroom 3, an area for infants and toddlers. Over 100 children may be affected.

A group of children at a daycare center
Grant Barrett on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The mumps outbreak in central Ohio continues to spread. The daily total, as of April 24, from Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health, is 273 cases. The total breaks out to 162 cases with ties to Ohio State and 111 where no ties to the university have yet been found. The city of Columbus, which is also the capital of Ohio, is the epicenter of the epidemic with 203 cases.

Northwestern University's Medill Reports printed fresh details on the Illinois mumps outbreak on April 23. Quoting Melanie Arnold, spokeswoman at the Illinois Department of Public Health, the outbreak is in two counties about 200 miles south of Chicago. “There have been 40 confirmed cases in Morgan County and 12 in Sangamon."

The paper was unable to obtain clear numbers for mumps cases in the Chicago area. The city of Chicago has reported three illnesses but the numbers in the suburbs is described as "a few."

The number of mumps cases in Wisconsin is slowing increasing. WHBY reported on April 23 that an employee at the Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay was diagnosed with mumps. The state has seen 17 cases thus far in 2014. The University of Wisconsin campus in Madison has reported seven cases of mumps among students.

The latest national data on reported cases of mumps from the Centers for Disease Control was released on April 24 for the week ending April 19. The total number of cases for 2014 that have been reported to the CDC is 393. Last year, the number of reported mumps cases was 181. Reports from Ohio and New York City account for 82 percent of the national total. The Illinois and Wisconsin cases of mumps are not reflected in the national total at this time.

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