The following is based on information provided by the North Yorkshire Health Protection Unit.
Mumps is an infection caused by a virus (germ) and can cause:
Occasionally serious complications of mumps infection can occur including:
It can affect anyone who has not developed natural immunity or has not been vaccinated against mumps.
You catch mumps by being in close contact with someone who already has the infection. The virus is passed in the secretions of the infected person's nose and throat. Also, it is possible to catch mumps from direct contact with articles which have been contaminated by the saliva of an infected person, eg handkerchiefs.
Call 999 for emergency services - or for security services on campus call 01904 32 3333 or use the Safezone app.
Who to contact
- Student Hub
Tel: 01904 324140
- Open 9am to 5pm, Mon - Thurs; 10am to 5pm, Fri (UG term-time)
10am to 4pm, Mon - Fri (all other times)
If you exhibit any of these symptoms then you should rest, take an appropriate medicine to help bring down any high temperature and contact your doctor (GP) urgently for further advice.
If you do contract mumps please take what precautions you can to avoid infecting others. If you are living in University accommodation alert your college and those living near you. if you are living in other accommodation alert those with whom you live.
Mumps is infectious for two to seven days before the symptoms first occur and for approximately nine to ten days after the appearance of the symptoms. The incubation period (interval between infection and the onset of symptoms) is 14 - 21 days.
There is no specific treatment for mumps but an appropriate medicine to help bring down a high temperature should be used and if necessary, sponging down with tepid water.