The spread of mumps in Terengganu has recorded an alarming increase to 182 cases as of Sunday, compared to only 114 cases earlier this month, Astro Awani
Terengganu health director Dr Mohd Jusoh told the news portal that the increase of 68 cases within a span of two weeks involved a full boarding school in Kuala Terengganu.
He also said that to date, 85 students from the school was infected with mumps, some of whom have recovered.
These students, according to Dr Mohd Jusoh, are quarantined at their homes as their schools do not have proper quarantine facilities.
He added that quarantined students must be closely monitored by parents or guardians, so that they do not go out to public places such as Ramadan bazaars or shopping malls.
Meanwhile, Terengganu Education Department director Shafruddin Ali Hussein told Bernama
that his department has been working closely with the state Health Department to stop the spread of the disease.
What is mumps?
Known as ‘beguk’ in Malay, mumps is a viral infection that primarily affects salivary glands.
According to Mayoclinic
, people infected with mumps either show no symptoms or very mild ones. However, when symptoms develop, they usually appear about two to three weeks after exposure to the virus.
Symptoms include swollen salivary glands, pain in the swollen salivary glands on one or both sides of your face, pain while chewing or swallowing, fever and headache.
It’s best to see your doctor if you or your child experience such symptoms.