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Mumps 'cluster' at North Bristol Post-16 college

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Image caption The North Bristol Post-16 centre is made up of pupils from Cotham, and Redland Green schools

A "potential cluster" of mumps has been found at a sixth form college.

Public Health England (PHE) confirmed seven potential cases and one "clinically-probable mumps" in pupils at the North Bristol Post-16 Centre.

Following the "spike" in cases PHE is urging people in their 20s to make sure they have had their two doses of the MMR vaccine.

The North Bristol Post-16 centre is made up of pupils from Cotham, and Redland Green schools.

Mumps is a contagious viral infection that used to be common in children before the introduction of the MMR vaccine.


Mumps

Most recognisable by painful swellings at the side of the face under the ears (the parotid glands), giving a person with mumps a distinctive "hamster face" appearance.

Other symptoms of mumps include headaches, joint pain and a high temperature, which may develop a few days before the swelling of the parotid glands.

Source NHS Choices


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