Officials: Mumps case hits Miami University

OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami University officials say there is one case of mumps at its Oxford campus.

The news comes after public health officials say a mumps outbreak in central Ohio reached 303 cases, about three-quarters of reported cases nationwide.

Miami University students were notified of the mumps case via email from university officials. Mumps is a contagious disease that is caused by the mumps virus.

"You may have learned that many cases of mumps have been confirmed in other parts of the state in recent weeks," the email states. "A female student at Miami's Oxford campus is now reported to have a case of mumps, a contagious viral disease that is spread person to person through saliva or mucus, usually when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks."

University officials told students who think they may have symptoms to refer to the Miami Student Health Services website for additional facts.

Students can also call 529-3000 for an appointment at the school's health center.

The running total of mumps cases was reported by Columbus health officials Thursday, and 182 of them were linked to Ohio State University.

Mumps often starts with fever, fatigue and body aches. Those infected are urged to stay home, cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, and frequently wash their hands.

Heath officials have advised college, school and even day care leaders to make sure central Ohio students are immunized and to separate them from those who haven’t been vaccinated and those who are infected.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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