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Mumps hit local colleges

It is an illness that we normally see in kids, but the mumps has recently popped up in surprising numbers on college campuses.

"There is something about that concentration or some people who are infected staying around them quite bit," said Dr. William Ferrar from Primary Health Group - Bremo.

It is much easier for a contagious viral illness like mumps to spread in a group where many people are around each other.

Mumps is not an illness to take lightly. At it's best it can make you miserable, with a sore throat, big swollen glands (the symptom from which it gets its name) and a fever.

But if not treated it can lead to much bigger problems like encephalitis, which is an attack on the brain that can lead to permanent damage. It can also lead to pancreatitis, which can be fatal.

According to Dr. William Ferrar, it is important to be aware of your symptoms because even mild cases of the illness are spread easily. In fact, those unaware that they are dealing with the mumps may be the ones passing it around.

"The mild people are the ones who will go out and spread it. They won't feel quite as sick. They will go on to class and such. The sicker you are the more likely you will be to go to an infirmary or just stay in bed," said Dr. Ferrar.  

Washing your hands on a regular basis is the best way to avoid getting the mumps.

Also, make sure you are up to date on your vaccinations.

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