All You Need to Know About the Mumps Outbreak in SA: NICD Provides Updates and Reassurance
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa has confirmed an outbreak of mumps in parts of the country. Mumps is a viral infection that is highly contagious, and it primarily affects the salivary glands. Here’s all you need to know about the mumps outbreak in SA and what the NICD is doing to address the situation.
What is Mumps?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mumps is a contagious viral disease that affects humans. The virus is usually spread through respiratory droplets from infected people. It primarily affects the salivary glands but can also lead to other complications such as meningitis, encephalitis, deafness, and orchitis.
The Mumps Outbreak in SA
NICD has confirmed that there has been a recent increase in mumps cases in some parts of South Africa, particularly in Gauteng. The increase in mumps cases started in April 2021, and since then, over 800 cases have been reported to the NICD. This is a significant increase compared to the average of 200 cases reported annually.
What is NICD Doing?
NICD is closely monitoring the situation and has provided several updates on the outbreak. The Institute has advised that those who experience symptoms of mumps to seek medical attention immediately. NICD has also recommended that vaccination is the best way to prevent the spread of mumps.
What Should You Do?
If you or anyone you know has symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, and swelling around the jaw or cheeks, you should seek medical attention immediately. You should also avoid close contact with those who are infected, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, and make sure to wash your hands frequently.
The mumps outbreak in South Africa is a serious issue that needs everyone’s attention. The NICD is doing its best to address the situation, and it’s up to us to take preventative measures, such as vaccination, and practicing good hygiene. Stay informed, and don’t hesitate to seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms. Together, we can overcome this outbreak.
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Summary: The NICD has confirmed an outbreak of mumps in parts of South Africa, primarily in Gauteng. Since April 2021, over 800 cases have been reported to the institute. Mumps is a contagious viral disease that can lead to serious complications such as meningitis and deafness. NICD is closely monitoring the situation and advising those who experience symptoms to seek medical attention immediately. Vaccination and good hygiene practices are the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus. #HEALTH