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Anti-vaxxers linked to huge mumps outbreak in Ohio

The number of mumps cases from an outbreak in central Ohio has more than quadrupled over the last two weeks, to 116, mostly students at Ohio State University or people connected to the school, authorities said Tuesday.

(Reuters) – The number of mumps cases from an outbreak in central Ohio has more than quadrupled over the last two weeks, to 116, mostly students at Ohio State University or people connected to the school, authorities said Tuesday.

The outbreak had been limited to the university and those connected to it initially, but health officials said in late March it had spread to other parts of the Columbus, Ohio, area. The reported cases stood at 28 two weeks ago.

Four people have been hospitalized in the outbreak, which includes 93 students, staff members or relatives of students at the school, the Columbus Health Department said.

At least three of the infected people are confirmed as not having received vaccinations for the mumps, said Jose Rodriguez, a Columbus health department spokesman.

“If even one person is unvaccinated we are all at risk,” he said.

Rodriguez said 10 to 20 percent of the population is vulnerable even if they have been fully vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella. Potential complications from the mumps can be permanent, he added.

There have been four reported cases of orchitis, a swelling of the testicles that can lead to infertility, and one of potential deafness among the infected, he said.

Mumps is a contagious disease that causes painful swelling of the salivary glands. It is considered rare in the United States. Franklin County, which includes Columbus, typically sees one reported mumps case per year.

The number of mumps cases reported annually in the United States has dropped 98 percent since a vaccine was introduced in the 1960s, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A multi-state outbreak in 2006 led to nearly 6,600 reported cases with more than 80 percent of the people saying they were attending college.

(Reporting by Kim Palmer; Editing by David Bailey and Leslie Adler)



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    April 3, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Just a head’s up – the child in the photo doesn’t have mumps. That makes the entire article seem untrustworthy because of the misleading photo. You may want to change that if you have any hope of establishing this as a credible article.

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    April 4, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Fortunately mumps is quite different from smallpox (as depicted in the image) but, nonetheless, an outbreak is a failure of public health policy and society as a whole. Very unfortunate. I would have assumed attending a university would necessitate being up to date on vaccinations.

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    April 4, 2014 at 3:55 am

    Why is there an image of a child with smallpox when the article is about mumps?

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    April 4, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    While your article has some very valid points, I’m afraid that all of the anti-vaxxers out there are going to discredit it because your photo does NOT depict a child with mumps. The photo looks more like smallpox, which is even worse. But sadly, I’m afraid your article will lose credibility because of poor photo choice.

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    Kathy Schroeder

    April 4, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Funny, the article is supposed to be about mumps. So why is it paired with a picture of children with severe cases of chickenpox?

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    April 4, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    I don’t think that’s mumps that those kids have….

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    April 5, 2014 at 2:32 am

    There’s 116 cases, and 3 of them are confirmed to be unvaccinated? It’s a stretch to blame this on the “anti-vaxxers.” Even the Health Department guy says that 10% of the population is vulnerable even after vaccination.

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    Melissa L. Weber (@Melwriter)

    April 5, 2014 at 2:35 am

    That picture of the two boys is very mis-leading. That is not a picture of mumps! I’m not sure WHAT that is – maybe severe measles??

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    April 5, 2014 at 9:50 am

    the picture depicts smallpox not the mumps.

    that doesn’t remove from the original premise of the story.

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    Pamela RN

    April 5, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    The picture of the two boys is of smallpox not mumps.

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    April 5, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    That is a picture of small pox NOT mumps.

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    April 6, 2014 at 1:23 am

    The photo is of a boy with small pox, not mumps. :/ fail.

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    April 6, 2014 at 2:42 am

    LOL so three were unvaccinated and the rest had their vaccination. Yeah let’s blame it on the three who were given the disease by the ones who were vaccinated. Makes sense right.looks like the vaccine
    Dd work for about 99% of those people n

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    April 6, 2014 at 3:04 am

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    April 6, 2014 at 4:27 am

    This isn’t mumps. Google it and you will see this isn’t mumps, it’s small pox. Did they mean small pox?
    Or did they just attach the wrong pic to the article?

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    Jordan Suwinski

    April 6, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I wonder…Was the author here just hoping people would read the headline and stop there? Out of 161 cases, 3 were not vaccinated. How does 98.1% vaccinated-but-infected rate mean a link to anti-vaxxers? That makes absolutely no sense.

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    Dee Latta

    April 6, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    That picture there that you’re using as a TOOL to scare people into getting their children vaccinated, is ridiculous! That is NOT what Mumps even LOOKS like! Last time I checked, there’s a bit of pain in your throat & some swelling. You lie around eating icecream & popsicles for a week. Much preferred over the brain damage/autism disorders from the vaccine my son ended up with. Btw, even the vaccine insert states that it may cause Autism!

    Nice, too, how the lies are all targeting the young people.. Sign up for Obamacare.. And since they aren’t rushing, you’ll target them another way. Get the MMR vaccine, of which many of them will react & BECOME sick – hence they will need their Obamacare. It’s all part of a big plot!

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    Judy Rhodus

    April 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    And by the way, if you got the vaccine – what are you worried about? Like Angie says only 3 kids were not vaccinated… so here is what is in the ProQuad vaccine… .aborted cow blood, human blood, ground up animal caucuses, MSG, aborted human babies, potassium chloride (used in lethal injection), potassium phosphate dibasic (used in making anti freeze), potassium phosphate monobasic (liquid fertilizer agent), sodium phosohate dibasic (fireproofing agent) and is anyone talking about the side effects? Yes, and death… this info is taken from the book I am showing you the link in Amazon to read it yourself, it is on page 342 & 343…/dp/0981855407/ref=sr_1_1…

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    Andea Hessedenz

    April 6, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Why are showing a picture of someone who clearly does not have mumps??

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    April 6, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Wow, your article was highly amusing but not at all factual.
    You should really check more into your sponsors, as one of them discredited your information so much I had to chuckle at your ignorance.
    For one, your picture does not depict a person with mumps. That appears to be smallpox, not one description of mumps fits that picture. Fear monger much??
    Your own sponsor
    completely discredits all your hype about the mumps.
    Wish I could share the screenshot I took of your page so you could see for yourself that your OWN sponsors disagree with you.
    Next please go to the CDC’s website and read up on the pertussis outbreak, and the 97% of those who contracted are the ones who were vaccinated for it. Yup, sure works for me 😉
    Stop adding to the hysteria by spreading false information and start educating yourself. Start with looking at your own sponsors description and course of action, and go from there 🙂

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    April 6, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    If you’re going to post a “scary” picture to get attention for an article, at least make sure it’s for the right disease… this is obviously smallpox, and the picture isn’t even sourced. Doesn’t give you a lot of credibility.

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    April 6, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Is that really a picture of mumps? It looks like the pictures I’ve seen of smallpox, and I don’t recall horrific rash being a symptom of mumps. (thankfully I’ve never seen either in person)

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    April 7, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Shut the front door! 97% of the infected people were vaccinated?! and they didn’t say non-vaccinated people started the outbreak…interesting.

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    April 7, 2014 at 4:18 am

    Once again another anti vaccine hit piece scare tactic. 3 out of 116 people are unvaccinated, yet the entire blame goes to the unvaccinated. Great logic here folks. Then they go on to report, “If just one person is not vaccinated, that puts the entire population at risk.” Oh yeah, believe that one too. These days vaccines are poisons and they have no place inside a human body! Wake up to the truth and do the research for yourself……The idiots are lying to you and scaring you into vaccinating. These poisons cause all types of long term illnesses and you are hooked for life on a rollercoaster of pharmaceutical poisons….errr medicines.

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    April 7, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Lemme see here. 116 people have mumps in this report. 3 of them did not have vaccinations. And 112 people WITH vaccinations got mumps, vs 3 who did not have vaccinations. You do the math. Obviously big pharma attempting to generate fear and hysteria for profit.

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    Angela Bowery

    April 7, 2014 at 7:08 am

    first if you are going to put a picture of a disease with an article on mumps you might want to actually use a picture of MUMPS!!!! That child does NOT HAVE MUMPS! second , funny you missed posting the fact that out of 116 people ony THREE (3) were NOT vaccinated. Even the CDC has admitted publicly that the vaccine was causing the outbreaks. Therefore if 113 people are vaccinated….how did they get mumps?

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    Wendy lei

    April 7, 2014 at 10:46 am

    I do encourage you to get your facts straight, and stop scare tactics. The picture you associated with your article, is not even mumps.

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    April 7, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    1)What does this mean?
    “If even one person is unvaccinated we are all at risk,” he said.
    2) the article leaves out mention much less examination of the risk of vaccine.
    One can say health care is good, and still admit that people die all the time from health care errors.

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    Dawn Havas

    April 7, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    If there is a mumps outbreak then why are you using a photo with a kid who has small pox?

    So lets get this straight here, 116 cases and possibly 3 have not been vaccinated? So then how can the unvaccinated be causing these outbreaks? It is apparent that the vaccine doesn’t even work.

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    April 7, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Why doesn’t the title say 113 vaccinated people get the mumps?

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    April 7, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Good news. Now if we could only get retards to stop seeking all medical attention.

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    April 7, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    That is a picture of smallpox. You are not doing the vaccination movement any favors when you misrepresent by using inaccurate photos.

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    April 7, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Why is the horrific picture not in the article? And can you please cite where you got that picture? It doesn’t look like the other pictures and descriptions of mumps I have seen or heard of.

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    Jim Davis

    April 8, 2014 at 4:56 am

    I’m sorry, but the child on the left in your picture looks much more like a horrid case of chicken pox than mumps. I know the difference. I survived both of them at the same time when I was 7.

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    April 8, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Look I’m a big pro-vaccination fan but can you please make sure to post pictures that appropriately match the diseases you are talking about? Yeah the picture was eye catching and disturbing but that isn’t a picture of a kid with mumps and by posting it with this article you just give the anti-vax community one more thing to point at and say “Look they don’t even know what the diseases look like, stupid sheeple making a big deal over nothing.” Don’t give them ammo make sure the article matches the images that’s just basic journalism.

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    Kim Mullins

    April 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I would much rather have my child healthy than to wonder about “will it or won’t it give him autism.” Btw the food we consume is more dangerous than the vaccinations we give our children.

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    April 8, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    The photo does not show mumps. 🙂 Those kids clearly have one of the “pox” diseases–smallpox or chickenpox.

    Someone with mumps looks like they swallowed a baseball and it got stuck on the side of their throat.

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    April 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    So what’s the point getting the vaccine if it obviously doesn’t prevent you from contracting the disease that it’s supposed to protect you from??
    So out of ALL of the cases, only 3 were not vaccinated….yet, they are to blame??? Wth kind of sense does that make?! Idiots…

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    April 8, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    The article mentions that 3 people were confirmed non-vaxed. What if those 3 individuals have conditions that are contraindicated for vaccines (ie immuno-compromised, allergies etc). Not everyone can be vaccinated, so please stop blaming the non-vaxed for outbreaks. Clearly, the vaccine is not as effective as most would like to believe. As with any illness, there can be complications, but Mumps is not a deadly disease. 20% of those who get it don’t experience any symptoms whatsoever.

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    April 8, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    That’s not a picture of mumps in your featured picture. If you’re going to argue science, you should get the disease right at LEAST. I literally laughed out loud when I saw this shared. Also, if you were trying to make mumps look scary, you didn’t succeed because 4 out of over a hundred hospitalized doesn’t seem too scary. Also not scary is that people get hospitalized over all sorts of stuff and no details were given. Also not scary is how everyone survived. And “can lead to infertility” doesn’t mean WILL lead to infertility. You know what also leads to infertility sometimes? ingredients in vaccines. So, then in 2006, no one died or was permanently harmed then either, did they? Because if they did, I’m sure you would have shared that. And lastly- MMR is a attenuated live virus vaccine. That means that is can be spread for some weaks after a vaccination. So… if people are REALLY wondering who probably started the “epidemic” they may want to look into the vaccine itself. Nice try though.

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    Tracy Warner

    April 8, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    The article claims that those who are unvaccinated can infect those who are vaccinated.

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    Shawn Siegel

    April 9, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Well good – at least the layers of the myth are unraveling. If up to 20% of the vaccinated population is vulnerable to the disease anyway, there goes the concept of herd immunity through vaccination. But then, we knew that, didn’t we?, since the concept of herd immunity was shanghaied from its original use, which was simply as a metaphor for the ebb in the ebb and flow of disease – it had nothing to do with control of disease, and certainly nothing to do with disease eradication. And the kicker is the mandatory inclusion of the – if only one person is unvaccinated, we’re all at risk – nonsense, unjustified and irrational. It makes the entire article look just as bogus as the picture obviously is.

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    April 9, 2014 at 1:55 am

    The reason many caught the disease even though they were vaccinated is that the vaccine is about 85% effective. The vaccine works, but no vaccine is 100% effective; and if you have people who are not vaccinated who catch the disease and are spreading the disease through college where there are hundreds or thousands of people sharing door handles, desks, faucets, etc. it’s going to spread like made. Get vaccinated people, it works. Look what happened with polio. I know someone who has been partially paralyzed since they were a child from polio. My three children have all their immunizations up to date, and I hope everyone else does the same.

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    Sgt. Knuckles

    April 9, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Ok dummy the ads you see aren’t the “sponsors” of this website. They are tailored to the way individual looking at the page based off of their browsing history and cookies. That said based on your lack of knowledge on how simple things like the internet I’ll be sure to ignore your whole rant against vaccines

    BTW the fact that you don’t know how to take a screen shot speaks volumes.

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    April 9, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Vaccines function by increasing an individual’s immunity to a pathogen. They do not make an individual invulnerable. Given a sufficiently large exposure to a pathogen, even those with a high natural immunity, or those vaccinated can be overcome.

    The real strength of vaccination is at the population level, where it makes it statistically way less likely that the pathogen will spread to a level where large numbers of people are infected, to the extent where some diseases have been all but eradicated.

    So, statistically, everyone is better of the more people who are vaccinated. If this sounds like communism to you, then fine. Go back to your Tea Party meeting.

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    April 9, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Ummmm…just going to point out the obvious here. The picture is of small pox..not mumps. So far…not impressed. Great attention drawn to the three unvaccinated, but not to the 118+ full vaccinated that HAVE the disease. Really bad journalism here.

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    Dawn Havas

    April 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Kim, are you aware of the ingredients in vaccines? It should be criminal to be injecting any and esp a multitude of known toxins into any human being.

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    Smart guy who reads

    April 9, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I think its funny that the author chose to put a picture of a kid with a disease that is not mumps. Mumps is a swelling of the salivary glands. Not something like the kid that looks like he has proteus or something like that. What a dumbass. Try reading a book every now and then, idiot.

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    Sgt. Knuckles

    April 13, 2014 at 9:29 am

    The insert says nothing about autism.
    Take off the tin foil hat.

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    Sgt. Knuckles

    April 13, 2014 at 9:34 am

    The CDC said nothing of the sort. What they won’t say because they are burdened by the scientific method and other codes of ethics is that this 116 (now up to 200) were infected because of the people who weren’t vaccinated and left white space for the vaccine to thrive and grow.

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    Sgt. Knuckles

    April 13, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I don’t blame anyone for allergies. Those people rely on herd immunity of the vaccinated to help decrease the whitespace that allows diseases like mumps to thrive and spread. The people I do blame are the voluntarily nonvaccinated, they are the reason these outbreaks occur. If you are vaccinated against MMR your chances of contracting it drop to 10% in normal conditions. If you choose not to vaccinate you are a public health menace and should be treated as such. You should be shamed when you inactions cause the spread of a disease to others.

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    Sgt. Knuckles

    April 13, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I’m assuming you’re unvaccinated. With your rambling confused sentence structure and gross misspellings you not making a very cogent argument for vaccines being the cause of diminished mental faculties.

    The problem outlined in this outbreak is that mumps, a disease that was no longer a problem in the US, is now on the rise thanks to anti-vaxxers.

    I’m also pretty sure you don’t know what the word ‘Attenuated’ means. Yes the virus is ‘alive’ but it is so thinned out and mutated by being placed in a foreign body which then mutates the virus making it weaker or ‘Attenuated’. When this ‘live’ virus is introduced to humans in its weakened state the immune system fights it and hopefully creates immunological memory cells to fight the disease should it be encountered again. The chances of contracting the disease from the vaccine is small the chance of spreading it is smaller and the chances of spreading it ‘weaks’ after is almost impossible.

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    July 17, 2014 at 2:06 am

    Thats’s what I thought, small pox.

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