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Nine students have contagious virus at Ohio State University

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKRC) -- There's an outbreak of a rare and contagious disease at Ohio State University.

Mumps is a viral infection with flu-like symptoms that can last up to ten days.  It's spread by close contact or by coughing and sneezing near others.

Investigators Thursday night are trying to figure out where it started.  Ohio State's spring break starts Friday.  So that will give health officials time to inspect the campus.

That also means students are going home and possibly back to Cincinnati.  You should take steps to protect yourself.

Dr. Madhuri Sopirala of the UC College of Medicine tell us, "It would not be unwise to stay away and wash your hands properly.  Especially when you have something like an outbreak going on and you know about it.  It's always good to wash your hands and take extra precautions."

There are required immunizations for young students in Ohio.  But, it's not required for college students. 

This is the first mumps outbreak in Ohio since 2010.

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