Number of mumps cases soars by 650pc in the space of a year
Confirmed cases of the mumps have jumped by 650pc in a year.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) confirmed that so far this year a total of 451 mumps cases had been notified.
This compares to 60 for the same period in 2018. Throughout the whole of last year, a total of 575 cases were notified.
The majority of mumps cases to date in 2019 have been in teenagers and young adults and 20 people were hospitalised.
There have been 10 mumps outbreaks reported in community, school, university, private homes and other settings so far this year.
A number of high-profile sporting events were called off recently due to mumps infections. Trinity College Dublin and UCD have contacted students and staff warning of symptoms, which include fever, headache, tiredness and swollen salivary glands.