Mumps is a contagious viral infection that used to be common in children before the introduction of the MMR vaccine.
Although mumps isn’t usually serious, it is sensible to be aware of the main signs and symptoms which can occur up to a month after contact. You can find out more about mumps on the nhs website here
The main symptoms of mumps can include:
- swellings in the cheeks of face, in front of the ears or neck
- muscular aches and joint pain
- feeling sick
- dry mouth
- loss of appetite
- a high temperature of 38C or above
On rare occasions complications can include meningitis or encephalitis which can cause neck stiffness, headaches and confusion. You can find out more about meningitis here
If you feel ill with any of these symptoms you should –
- Avoid attending University or any placements. You should make the University aware by contacting you Wellbeing Officer, and let your accommodation team know.
- Make an appointment to see your doctor, letting them know in advance about your concerns before attending the surgery.
- You can call NHS 111 for free if you need medical advice.
If your doctor confirms you have mumps
Please let your accommodation and your local Wellbeing Officer know your mumps has been confirmed. This helps us to prevent the spread of infection, and give you the practical and academic support you may need.
If you have mumps you can try and stop it spreading by:
- regularly washing your hands
- not sharing cutlery or utensils
- and trying to avoid close contact with other students for 5 days after symptoms develop
You can find out more about preventing the spread of infection, and other infectious diseases on our infectious diseases intranet page