LANCASTER, OH, April 4, 2014– The confirmed cases of mumps has quadrupled in the past two weeks to 116, mostly connected with OSU, but causing concern among many. With a case being diagnosed in Fairfield County it is important to know the symptoms and the dangers associated with this disease. According to the CDC if even one person is not vaccinated we are all at risk.

Mumps causes pain, and swelling in the jaw and typically has an onset with fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite. Other symptoms include increased pain when swallowing, pain in face, sore throat, and swelling of the jaw. In a small percentage of cases there are also serious complications that can result in permanent damage including deafness, and infertility in men.


If you have not been vaccinated it is recommended that you do so. Be alert of the symptoms, and if you believe you may have contracted the mumps see your doctor, do not go to work or school. It is important to know that according to the CDC 10 to 20% of the population are at risk of contracting the disease even if they have been fully vaccinated for measles, mumps, and rubella. Why there is certainly no need to panic, there is reason to be aware, and responsible, as of two weeks ago the reported cases were only at 28. In 2006 an outbreak resulted in over 6,000 cases over several States, in that case eighty percent of the infected were college students.

Arbor View Family Medicine Physicians are specialists in Family Practice. Their training has prepared them to handle the medical needs of both children and adults. They are one of the few regional practices that manage care of their patients in all settings, including Fairfield Medical Center. Their mission is to promote excellence in health care by providing the highest professional standards of care. Arbor View Family Medicine has been providing care to the families of Lancaster and surrounding communities since 1997. They care for each patient with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.

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