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South Africa alert, Mumps on the rise

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By Thato Setilo – Parents and guardians are advised to be on the look-out for the recent outbreak of Mumps, also known as Paratotis. That’s according to (NICD) The National Institute for Communicable Diseases Mumps affects the parotid glands, salivary glands below and in front of the ears.

The disease spreads through infected saliva. Signs and symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, fatigue, swelling of the glands and loss of appetite.

Based on the review, the NICD found that the annual percent-positivity for 2023 is 69%, compared to 39% in 2019 (the previous peak). The tests also showed an increase in positive tests among those aged four and younger (84% in 2023) and the five- to nine-year age category (83%).

“To limit transmission during an outbreak in countries where mumps vaccination is universally available, public health authorities may recommend an additional dose of the combination measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine for people who belong to groups at increased risk for getting mumps,” the NICD said.

“These groups are usually those who are likely to have close contact, such as sharing sports equipment or drinks, kissing, or living together, with a person who has mumps. As the MMR vaccine as an intervention is not universally available in South Africa, it is best to seek the advice of your local healthcare provider.”

Although it is said one who has experienced mumps before is safe for life, second occurrences of mumps may likely occur.

Should you experience any of these symptoms, it is advised that you get plenty of bed rest and fluids as well as painkillers
though its advised children under 16 should not be given
painkillers .

Apply a warm or cool cloth to compress to the swollen glands to help relieve pain. Alternatively, consult with your doctor.Mumps


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