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IrelandSouth Dublin schools and colleges issue warning over mumps outbreak

11:45  11 february  2019
11:45  11 february  2019 Source:   dublinlive.ie

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Mumps outbreaks can occur any time of year. A major factor contributing to outbreaks is being in a crowded environment, such as attending the In recent years, outbreaks have occurred in schools , colleges , and camps. However, high vaccination coverage helps limit the size, duration, and spread

It has spread throughout secondary schools , colleges and Universities in Ireland and demand for vaccinations has increased considerably. April 2012, over 200 cases of mumps were reported. The mild epidemic probably started at the Ghent ^ Glasgow students warned of mumps outbreak .

South Dublin schools and colleges issue warning over mumps outbreak © Catalyst Images Stock image Students at a number of schools and colleges across south Dublin have been urged to get the MMR vaccination if they have not done so due to an outbreak of mumps.

A number of cases of mumps have been confirmed in Trinity College while a Leinster Schools' Cup quarter-final between Blackrock College and St Michael's College was cancelled due to a mumps outbreak.

Director of Trinity College's Health Service, Dr David McGrath, sent an email to worried staff and students last week urging them to check if they have had the MMR vaccine.

Senior Medical Officer, Dr Mary Conlon, cautioned that all staff and students may have been exposed to mumps due to the outbreak, reports the University Times.

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There has been an outbreak of mumps at both Trinity College and Blackrock College in Dublin . The Irish Coastguard has been assisting two vessels that got into difficulty off the south west coast today during Storm Met Éireann issued a storm warning for areas from Loop Head to Malin Head.

Large and lengthy mumps outbreaks have been reported over the past couple of years and, worryingly, often among Mumps outbreaks are spiking — and raising questions about vaccine effectiveness. The other issue that skews the numbers on the mumps outbreaks is sheer volume.

She said: “If you have not received two doses of the MMR vaccine and have not had mumps, then you should attend the Student Health Service or your family doctor for vaccination."

Mumps is a contagious viral infection that is most recognisable by the painful swellings at the side of the face under the ears.

It can also cause headaches, swelling of the cheeks and jaw and fever.

Most cases are resolved without further complications but it can lead to meningitis, swelling of the brain, swelling of the testicles or ovaries and deafness.

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