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There has been a mumps outbreak at Cardiff Met University

A number of cases at the university have been reported to Public Health Wales.

Multiple cases of mumps have been reported from students at Cardiff Metropolitan University. The disease is a highly contagious viral infection which can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms.

According to Public Health Wales, symptoms include; swelling of the jaw and glands, a fever, painful headaches and in many cases the swelling of the testies in men and ovaries in women. Complications can also arise from the disease, including encephalitis- a brain infection- and meningitis of the brain.

Public Health Wales and Cardiff Met University have therefore advised students to be aware of these symptoms and to ensure their vaccinations- particularly the MMR immunisation- are up to date. They have also been urged to go to their GP if they are experiencing any of the symptoms.

The reports of the disease at Cardiff, follow news earlier this year of 241 suspected and 51 confirmed cases of mumps in total at Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent.

A spokesperson for Cardiff Met University has stated:

"We have been alerted to a number of cases of mumps at the university and have provided information to all students and staff, highlighting symptoms to be aware of.

"We will continue to work closely with Public Health Wales to monitor the situation and to support those affected by the illness."