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ARECENT out­break of mumps at res­i­den­tial schools in Tereng­ganu and Se­lan­gor has re­vived con­cern about this vi­ral dis­ease.

While a vac­cine has been avail­able since the 1960s, it has not hin­dered out­breaks.

Mumps is de­fined as the swelling of the parotid glands, which are the sali­vary glands along the jaw­line and neck­line. Suf­fer­ers of­ten show symp­toms of fever, mus­cle pain, headache, poor ap­petite and tired­ness. TASNIM LOK­MAN speaks to the Health Min­istry’s deputy di­rec­tor­gen­eral for pub­lic health, Dr Chong Chee Kheong, to know how con­ta­gious the dis­ease is and what to avoid in an out­break.

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