Information about mumps outbreak

Posted by rmt22 at Mar 29, 2019 04:09 PM |
You may have seen in the news that there have been reported outbreaks of mumps amongst University students in the UK.

We would like to reassure you that we are not aware of any such outbreak at the University of Leicester, but in line with national guidance, we are asking staff and students to be aware of the potential signs of the infection.

What is mumps?

Mumps is a contagious viral infection which can cause swelling in the glands around the neck. General symptoms can develop a few days before the glands start to swell and can include:

  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • Feeling sick
  • Dry mouth
  • Mild abdominal pain
  • Feeling tired
  • Loss of appetite
  • A high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F), or above

How the disease spreads

Mumps is spread like colds and flu – through infected droplets of saliva that can be inhaled or picked up from surfaces and transferred into the mouth or nose. If you have or suspect you have mumps, you can help prevent it spreading by:

  • Regularly washing your hands with soap and water
  • Using and disposing of tissues when you sneeze
  • Avoiding school or work for at least five days after the onset of swelling

When to see your GP

If you suspect mumps book to see a GP immediately so a diagnosis can be made. But please let them know the reason for your appointment in case there is anything infectious.

Protecting against mumps

You can protect yourself against mumps by making sure you have received two doses of the combined MMR vaccine (for mumps, measles and rubella). If you are not sure whether you have had two doses of the MMR vaccine, please check with your parents first and then with your GP.

If you haven’t, please make an appointment with your GP to get vaccinated. The MMR vaccine is freely available on the NHS and is the best protection against mumps.

Further information is available from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/mumps/

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