• MySTV

Mumps warning at Glasgow University after ten students hit by infection

Staff issued a warning to students after ten people recently diagnosed with the illness.

Glasgow University: Michael Russell has hit out at university plans

Students have been warned after an outbreak of mumps at a Scots university.

Staff at Glasgow University issued an alert to students after ten students were recently diagnosed with the infection.

The gender, age of students affected is not yet known but it comes just days after a mumps outbreak among young adults in Lanarkshire.

More than 30 people, mostly aged between 25 and 35, were infected in two weeks across Cumbernauld, Lanark and Biggar.

There has also been a threefold increase in the number of cases of mumps in Scotland in the first three weeks of this year.

A total of 98 cases have been reported, compared to 36 for the whole of January 2014.

The majority of those infected are young adults in Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Edinburgh.

A university spokesman said: "There have been a small number of cases of students diagnosed with mumps at University of Glasgow.

"It’s important to stay at home and rest while the virus runs its course and prevent it spreading.

"Mumps is a mild condition but if you think you have symptoms seek advice from your GP as soon as possible.

"You should also consider checking whether you have been inoculated which would protect you from contracting it.

"Again, check with your GP or contact the Barclay medical centre."

An outbreak of mumps among young adults in Lanarkshire has seen more than 30 people infected in two weeks.

Health bosses are urging those aged between 20 and 35 to get both doses of the MMR vaccination if they have not already done so.

It follows a ten-fold increase in the expected number of mumps cases in Lanarkshire, with 31 cases identified since January 7, compared with an average of around three or four cases a month.

The majority of those affected have been men aged between 20 and 35 and most reside around Cumbernauld, Lanark and Biggar.

All Lanarkshire GPs have been notified of the increase in cases.

Mumps is highly infectious and can be spread over a wide area by a cough or a sneeze from an infected individual. It is particularly common in student populations because of greater social mixing.

The virus can lead to fever, headache, and painful, swollen glands in the face, neck and jaw. In serious cases it can result in permanent deafness, viral meningitis and encephalitis.

Health officials stressed that it is normally a mild illness but that immunisation is important to prevent complications.

Dr David Cromie, NHS Lanarkshire consultant in public health medicine, said: "Mumps is a viral disease, usually experienced during childhood, but people of any age can be affected if they have not had the illness before or have not been fully vaccinated.

"Symptoms can include fever, headache, swelling of one or both cheeks or sides of the jaw, and swollen glands.

"It's an infection that can have serious complications including affecting the brain and, in very rare cases, can lead to fatal complications. If you have any of the symptoms, contact your GP. Tests can be carried out to confirm the illness."

The MMR vaccine, routinely given to young children, is said to be the most effective way to protect against mumps. Anyone unsure about their vaccination history is being urged to check with their GP.

"Two doses of the MMR vaccine provide a 99% chance of protection," Dr Cromie added.

"People who are currently between 20 and 35 years of age, (born between 1980 and 1995), will tend not to have experienced natural mumps infection.

"So, unless they have had two doses of the MMR vaccine, these people will be at a higher risk of suffering from mumps, particularly when the mumps illness is circulating in the community, as at present, or when travelling abroad to countries where mumps spreads more commonly.

"Those who have had one dose of the MMR vaccine only need one more dose to complete the course."

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.


We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.


Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.


Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.



Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.