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HSE Confirm Mumps Outbreak In The West Of Ireland

HSE Confirm Mumps Outbreak In The West Of Ireland

HSE Confirm Mumps Outbreak In The West Of Ireland
The Health Service Executive has confirmed a mumps outbreak across Galway, Mayo and Roscommon with as many as 45 patients diagnosed with mumps over the last seven weeks. 

Those affected by the viral illness are mostly aged between 15 and 29.

Symptoms of the preventable viral disease often including fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache and painful swelling of the salivary glands.

Other serious complications include pancreatitis, meningitis and swelling of the testicles which could lead to fertility issues. 

Treatment for viral mumps includes plenty of rest, fluids and over the counter painkillers.

Mumps can be spread easily through sneezing, coughing and can also be transmitted through direct contact with saliva. 

The HSE is urging members of the public to take all precautions to protect themselves from the virus.

For the best protection against mumps, the HSE recommend the MMR vaccine, which is usually administered before you are six year years old. 

If you are unsure whether you have received two doses of the MMR vaccine, get in touch with your PG who will give the booster if needed. It can take anything up to 28 days for antibodies to take effect. 

Anyone with the virus is advised to stay off work, college or school for five days after the first sign of symptoms to prevent further outbreaks.
 
Earlier this year the Health Service Executive said it is dealing with a serious outbreak of measles in the north inner city with 13 adults and children contracting the disease in a short period of time. 

Thankfully there were no reported deaths associated with the outbreak.

The Department of Public Health said transmission of the disease occurred in hospitals in Dublin and in households with what it described as "poor vaccine uptake".

In August, Dr Helena Murray, Specialist in Public Health Medicine said: "Measles can be a serious illness and is highly infectious. The best protection is to be fully vaccinated with two doses of MMR vaccine".
 
Written by Kellie Kearney staff writer at FFHQ who also blogs at www.mylittlebabog.com.