As of April 2, there has been one confirmed case of mumps in Ross County.
The most effective control measure is to maintain the highest possible level of immunization in the community. The first dose of MMR is administered between 12 and 15 months and a second dose is given when a child is between 4 and 6.
People born after 1957 may need to be assessed for immunity. This is especially important for people who are pregnant, working in the medical field or are immunosuppressed. Some recently diagnosed cases have given a history of being partially or fully immunize, so breakthrough cases can occur.
People unsure of their immunization status should contact their primary care physician or the local health department to receive the second MMR dose for increased protection against the mumps virus.
Everyone should wash their hands frequently, cover one's mouth when coughing and sneezing and keep community areas sanitized (door knobs, faucet handles, pencil sharpeners, etc.).
For more information, please review this fact sheet from the Ohio Department of Health.