CAIRO: Students and staff at the Faculty of Dentistry, Ain Shams University, have been given three days off after four instructors and five students contracted mumps, Youm7 reported Monday.
From Tuesday to Thursday, the equipment, clinics and the entire faculty will be sterilized while the study is halted, Dean of the Dentistry Faculty Khaled Abdel Ghaffar told Youm7 Monday.
The disease was contracted by instructors and students after treating children suffering from the virus, Abdel Ghaffar said.
Dentistry students at public universities operate on patients who head to the attached clinics for free treatment.
Mumps is caused by a virus and is spread when a person comes into contact with infected droplets of saliva or mucus, usually through coughing, sneezing or sharing dishes.
A total of 644 students across Egypt have contracted mumps thus far since the first school semester, announced the Ministry of Health Dec. 31.
The incubation period of the disease ranges between 12-18 days; symptoms of the disease include fever, headache and fatigue, along with serious complications such as inflammation of the brain and deafness.