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Mumps

Since the beginning of 2019, many cases of mumps are being reported every week to the HSE.  In 2019, there were about 2,500 reported mumps cases nationwide, up from 573 in 2018. Most cases are teenagers and young adults, with the highest number of cases in those aged 18-19 years of age.

If you think you may have mumps, PLEASE REMAIN AWAY FROM CAMPUS. If you would like advice regarding your symptoms, you may ring the Student Health Centre (061 202 534) or alternatively, you may attend a GP located off campus. Students should not attend college for five days following the onset of the swelling.

What is mumps?

Mumps is an acute viral disease. It is very infectious. Symptoms of mumps include a low-grade fever, headache and swelling or tenderness of one or more of the salivary glands in the cheeks, in front of and below the ear or at the jawline.

How is mumps spread?

Mumps is spread by direct contact with saliva or respiratory droplets from the mouth, nose, or throat, such as

  • coughing, sneezing, or talking
  • sharing items contaminated with saliva (water bottles or cups)
  • close contact activities with others (playing sports, dancing, or kissing)
  • touching objects or surfaces contaminated with the virus

Infectious Period

  • about 3 days before swelling of the salivary glands to approximately 5 days after

How to prevent spread

  • All students and young adults should ensure they have had 2 doses of the MMR vaccine (measles mumps rubella vaccine).
  • The Student Health Centre will provide a limited number of vaccines to those who have not had 2 doses as a child and wish to avail of it.  The vaccine is free and the only cost will be the doctor consultation fee of €25. Appointments can be made by telephoning 061 202 534. You will need to quote your PPS number. 
  • A person with mumps should limit their contact with others while infectious
  • Regular hand washing

Treatment that can be used to relieve symptoms include

  • Getting plenty of bed rest and fluids
  • Using painkillers such as paracetamol
  • Applying a warm or cool compress to the swollen glands to relieve pain

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