Wales: mumps strikes in universities

06 December 2019

Public Health Wales (PHW) has urged people to ensure they have been vaccinated following cases of suspected mumps in universities.

More than 80 suspected cases of mumps have been reported among students at universities in and around Cardiff.

Dr Rhianwen Stiff, consultant in communicable disease control at PHW, said: ‘It is important that people with suspected mumps keep away from university and social gatherings for five days after their symptoms start, wash their hands frequently and especially after blowing their nose and don’t share items such as water bottles or cigarettes with others.’

The facial swelling associated with mumps may be preceded by several days of general symptoms such as fever, headache, tiredness, muscle aches, and loss of appetite.

Anyone with these symptoms has been urged to see their GP and stay away from school or work until five days after the start of the swelling, when they are no longer infectious.

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