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Increase of mumps diagnosed in the area Posted on 21 Feb 2020

There has been an increase of patients in the area diagnosed with Mumps.

Mumps is a contagious viral infection which is recognised by the painful swelling at the side of the face, under the ears. Other symptoms, which normally come one a few days before the facial swelling develops, include:

  • earache
  • joint pain
  • feeling sick
  • dry mouth
  • mild abdominal pain
  • feeling tired
  • loss of appetite
  • a high temperature (fever)

Most people usually recover from mumps without treatment, but in some cases complications can arise, such as inflammation of the ovaries or testicals, or on rare occasions Meningitis and deafness.

Mumps is spread in the same way as 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 symptoms of mumps, you should stay away from others. There is currently no medication to cure mumps so treatment is focused on relieving sumptoms. You will probably need bed rest and painkillers.

The MMR (Measles Mumps Rubella) vaccine is the safest and most effective way to protect youself against these infections. If you are not sure whether you have been vaccinated, check with your GP. If you haven't had the MMR vaccine, your GP will be able to vaccinate you.

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