Why are university students catching mumps?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 31st, 2019 by steve

“Mumps – a contagious viral infection that causes swelling of the glands – has been in the news this week following a confirmed outbreak at two universities. A total of 223 suspected cases were reported, with 40 confirmed, across Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham …” (more)

[BBC News, 31 March]

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Mumps Outbreak among UL Students

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A number of students in the University of Limerick (UL) have been diagnosed with mumps in recent days, according to a statement released on the Facebook page of UL Student Life …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 2 October]

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Ten UCC students get mumps in past week

Posted in Life on December 16th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“UCC students are being encouraged to avail of free MMR vaccinations given a recent outbreak of the mumps virus on campus …” (more)

[Audrey Ellard Walsh, Evening Echo, 15 December]

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Surge in mumps cases hits university students

Posted in Life on November 5th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“At least six outbreaks of mumps have been reported among university students so far this year, it was confirmed yesterday …” (more)

[Eilish O’Regan, Independent, 5 November]

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Arts student diagnosed with mumps

Posted in Life on December 5th, 2010 by steve

“Students are being urged to ensure they have had two doses of the MMR vaccine after a student in Arts was recently diagnosed with mumps. Fears of an outbreak are mounting that would be similar to the infection of a significant number of third-level students with the disease in 2007 …” (more)

[Amy Bracken, University Observer, 5 December]

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Nursing students unprotected against mumps outbreak

Posted in Life on March 24th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“A number of UCD nursing students, who were on a clinical work placement, have received late warnings to receive vaccinations to protect against a recent outbreak of mumps as the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems felt they were not at risk of infection. Fourth year students who were on placement since the beginning of January were not contacted as it was believed that they were not in risk of contracting the virus as they were not on attending classes on campus. A staff member from the School of Nursing explained that only ‘priority students’ were contacted about the outbreak as the majority of students had been on work placements. However, Director of the Student Health Service, Dr Sandra Tighe, stated that these students may still be at risk stating that ‘being on campus or not on campus is not the issue because [the virus] is in the community anyway’. The staff member didn’t acknowledge any mistake on the part of the School of Nursing …” (more)

[Áine Gilligan, University Observer, 24 March]

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Students warned about rise in mumps

Posted in Life on March 23rd, 2009 by steve

Ireland“More cases of mumps have been reported in the first ten weeks of this year than in all of last year, with 1,172 cases reported since January compared to 1,166 in all of 2008. The figures for the first ten weeks of 2009 contrast sharply with the same period last year, when fewer than 100 cases of mumps were reported. The Health Service Executive’s health protection surveillance centre has warned all young people, particularly second and third-level students, to make sure they are protected against mumps. Following the dramatic rise since the start of 2009, vaccination clinics have been set up at some third-level institutions. Some colleges are now also concerned about a measles outbreak …” (more)

[Michelle Devane and Nicola Cooke, Sunday Business Post, 22 March]

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