More than 200 students have suspected mumps, following an outbreak at universities in Nottingham.
There have been 40 confirmed cases of the infection and 223 suspected cases reported at Nottingham Trent and the University of Nottingham.
Public Health England is now working with the universities and advising students and young adults to make sure they are up to date with the MMR vaccine.
Nottingham Trent University said it was offering support to those affected.
Here's some advice and information on mumps from Public Health England:
- What is mumps?
Mumps is a contagious viral infection caused by a paramyxovirus.
The most common symptom of mumps is the swelling of glands, which are located on either side of the face, just below the ears.
- How is it spread?
Mumps is spread in the same way as colds and flu – through infected droplets of saliva that can be inhaled or picked up from surfaces and transferred into the mouth or nose.
A person is most contagious a few days before the symptoms develop and for a few days afterwards.
If you have mumps, you can help prevent it spreading by regularly washing your hands with soap and water, using and disposing of tissues when you sneeze and avoiding school or work for at least 5 days after the onset of swelling.
- When should I see a GP?
It's important to contact your GP if you suspect mumps so a diagnosis can be made.
While mumps isn't usually serious, the condition has similar symptoms to more serious types of infection, such as glandular fever and tonsillitis.
Let your GP know in advance if you're coming to the surgery, so they can take any necessary precautions to prevent the spread of infection.