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Massive spike in mumps cases in Cornwall

Massive spike in mumps cases in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:32pm 14th February 2020. (Updated at 11:11am 15th February 2020)

The number of cases of mumps in Cornwall and the south-west has rocketed.

Almost 450 cases were recorded in the first month of 2020 and mums and dads are being urged to get their children vaccinated.

Health officials in the Duchy say it is a preventable disease and are urging people to know the signs.

Meantime the number of cases across England has hit its highest level in a decade.

More than 5-thousand were recorded last year - four times the number in 2018.

Public Health England's blaming outbreaks in universities and colleges and says most cases were young adults who didn't have the MMR jab

"You need to have had two vaccines, one which is given around the age of one or two, and the other around four or five years old.

"If you've had both of those vaccines then your chance of actually getting mumps is reduced significantly.

"People feel really physically ill with it and quite low and flat, and it takes quite a few weeks for them to bounce back. That is just not neccesary as the MMR vaccine will stop people from catching it."

Cornwall Council Public Health Consultant, Dr Ruth Goldstein

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of mumps usually develop 14 to 25 days after becoming infected with the mumps virus (this delay is known as the incubation period). The average incubation period is around 17 days.

Swelling of the parotid glands is the most common symptom of mumps. The parotid glands are a pair of glands responsible for producing saliva. They're located in either side of your face, just below your ears.

Both glands are usually affected by the swelling, although sometimes only one gland is affected. The swelling can cause pain, tenderness and difficulty with swallowing.

More general symptoms often develop a few days before the parotid glands swell. These 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

In about 1 in 3 cases, mumps doesn't cause any noticeable symptoms.

When to seek medical advice:

If you suspect mumps, it's important to call your GP.

While the infection isn't usually serious, mumps has similar symptoms to other, more serious infections, such as glandular fever and tonsillitis. It's always best to visit your GP so they can confirm (or rule out) a diagnosis of mumps.

It's also important to let your GP know in advance if you're coming to the surgery so they can take any necessary precautions to avoid the spread of infection.

Source: NHS

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