Viral disease mumps has spread beyond the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus and so far 69 people have died in Franklin County, says Columbus health officials on Tuesday.
At least 52 victims had connections to the university and most of the cases occurred in the age group of 18 and 48 years. However, a 4-year-old boy was also reported to be affected with the disease outside the campus.
Dr Teresa Long, Columbus Public Health Commissioner, said in a released statement people should get vaccinated to avoid getting infected with the virus.
He said the disease results with serious complications in people who are not vaccinated and the adult population should be more careful. The residents have also been advised to wash their hands and stay home if feel sick as the vaccination is only about 90 percent effective. Hence, the disease may attack even after getting vaccinated.
Mumps usually begin with fever, body aches and fatigue. It is transmitted with saliva droplets or mucus. The infected people are urged to cover their mouths and noses while coughing and sneezing.