Hamilton County Health Department confirms local mumps outbreak

CINCINNATI -- Doctors want Hamilton County residents to get vaccinated to protect them from the mumps, after one case was confirmed Thursday.

The Hamilton County Health Department said no other mumps cases have shown up in the county, but that Thursday's case is linked to the outbreaks at Ohio State University (OSU).

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One woman of Hamilton County began recovery after treatment, the Health Department said, and would be okay.

Doctors said pinpointing where the disease began is difficult, while 82 mumps cases have been reported. Of those, 65 are linked to OSU.

Healthcare professionals in Cleveland worry that without vaccines, preventable diseases like mumps will spread, and potentially impact children.

"All of the vaccine-preventable illnesses are coming back because of the decreasing rates of vaccination in the United States," Amy Edwards, MD, infectious disease specialist at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospita l said. "This is the new world that we live in as more and more people chose not to vaccinate their child; this will become more common."

Mumps is contagious, healthcare professionals said, and vaccines can keep the disease under control.

About 10 percent of people who catch mumps will feel painful respiratory complications, Edwards said.

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