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The number of suspected cases of mumps across the North East (and other areas of England) has increased since autumn 2019. Most cases have been reported in young people aged 15-24 years, especially those attending universities or colleges. Increases in reported cases of mumps are seen every few years, however we are aware that there have been media reports about this current increase so would like to provide advice to schools and colleges.

Advice for those with mumps:

• Seek medical care in the usual way via NHS 111 or your GP – there is no specific treatment for mumps

• Stay away from work / school / university / college for five days from the onset of swelling to reduce transmission to others

•Wash your hands regularly using soap and don’t share used cups or drinking glasses without washing them

•Always use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze, and throw the tissue in a bin immediately afterwards

•If you have not already had 2 doses of MMR vaccine, when you feel better, please contact your GP to arrange to be vaccinated to protect yourself against measles and rubella

•Further information is available on NHS Choices.

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