UK University Students Amidst Mumps Outbreak: How Not To Catch A Virus?

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Mumps outbreak has been confirmed at two UK universities Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham this past week as reported by BBC News. Mumps is a severely contagious ]viral infection that causes swelling of the glands. At the moment, a total of 223 suspected cases were reported, 40 confirmed. That has now risen to 241 suspected cases with 51 confirmed by Public Health England (PHE). The Typical Student team learned what other UK universities can be affected. 

 

UK Universities Affected By Mumps

 

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As reported by BBC New, the numbers of confirmed cases"seem particularly high in Nottingham." The statistic provided by the PHE on confirmed mumps cases, suggests that the numbers have decreased as of last year (1,024 confirmed cases in 2018 compared with 1,796 in 2017).

As for the UK universities that may be affected, a handful of mumps cases have been reported at the universities of Bath, Hull and Liverpool. As for the US, Temple University in Philadelphia, has been subject to the mumps outbreak - there's been about 100 people with signs of the infection.

 

How NOT To Catch Mumps?

 

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Sadly, there's no 100% guarantee to stay safe and not to catch mumps if you're socially active. The best way to prevent mumps is to vaccinate, however, vaccinated students have a chance of catching the virus. According to  Dr. Vanessa MacGregor, from PHE, "teenagers and young adults who have not had two doses of the MMR vaccine [are] "particularly vulnerable". 

An expert in viruses and viral vaccines and treatments, prof. Jonathan Ball, the University of Nottingham, students are particularly vulnerable to mumps because they gather in "close proximity for fairly large periods of time".

One of the ways to stay safe is to keep away from lecture theatres, nightclubs, and halls of residence. The virus spreads relatively easily among a large number of people that aren't vaccinated. 

 

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