CAIRO: Midterm exams, which begin next week at the Faculty of Dentistry, Ain Shams University, have been postponed for nine students and instructors who have contracted mumps.
The study, lectures and work at the faculty’s clinics were halted Tuesday to be resumed Saturday; meanwhile, the entire faculty, attached clinics and equipment will be sterilized, according to a Monday statement by Faculty of Dentistry Dean Khaled Abdel Ghaffar.
The disease was contracted by instructors and students after treating children suffering from the virus, Abdel Ghaffar told Youm7 Monday.
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.