644 students contract mumps during 1st school semester: Health Min.

CAIRO: A total of 644 students across Egypt have contracted mumps thus far since the first school semester, announced the Ministry of Health Thursday.

The Ministry detected a decline in the number of the infected cases comparing with the same period last year, which recorded 2,805 cases.

It noted that necessary precautionary measures, including the MMR vaccine, which is used against Measles, German measles and mumps.

Procedures at schools like hygiene, well ventilated classrooms, washing hands and raising awareness among students and teachers are part of the ministry’s strategy to combat the spread of the disease, especially during the winter and spring seasons, during which infection occurs.

Mumps is caused by the mumps virus and is spread when a person comes into contact with infected droplets of saliva or mucus, usually through coughing, sneezing or sharing dishes.

Symptoms of the disease include fever, headache and fatigue, along with serious complications such as inflammation of the brain and deafness.

But symptoms may not appear in 20 percent of the cases. The incubation period of the disease ranges between 12-18 days, and the infection occurs through touching infected person’s tools.

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