The president of Nottingham Trent’s Student Union (NSTU) has confirmed that a number of students are infected with the mumps virus on all three campuses.

In an exclusive interview with CBJ News, NTSU President, Bradley Fox, has revealed that all three Trent campuses (City, Clifton and Brackenhurst) are presently affected by two strains of the infectious virus.

Although official figures haven’t been released, Bradley says that he knows of around 15 cases but that figure could be much higher.

Nottingham Trent University were not aware of the outbreak until the NTSU President brought the issue to their attention.

“WE don’t know how big the issue is”
Bradley fox, NTSU President

Bradley says that the university are currently working alongside the National Health Service and Public Health England to help raise awareness on the virus.

“We don’t know [how big the issue is]. I’ve been having conversations with the NHS and the university on ensuring that people know about mumps.”

Be aware – what are the symptoms?

  • headaches
  • joint pain
  • feeling sick
  • dry mouth
  • mild abdominal pain
  • feeling tired
  • loss of appetite
  • a high temperature of 38C or above (fever)
  • HOWEVER, 1 in 3 cases of mumps don’t have any noticeable symptons

Information from NHS England

One of the most recognisable symptoms of mumps is the swelling of the neck and jaw area which is caused by swollen glands. It can leave adults and children suffering with an enlarged neck, chin and jaw.

1 in 4 males that are affected also suffer from swollen, tender testicles and 1 in 20 women may endure swollen ovaries which can cause sickness and abdominal pain.

A child with mumps. Picture: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Image Library

Both Bradley Fox and the NHS advise Trent students to contact their GP if they suspect they have contracted the infection.

Abi Davis is studying Marketing at Nottingham Trent University and has been infected with the mumps virus.

“I know Around twenty people that have it”
Abi Davis, nottingham trent student

She told CBJ Spotlight she suspects she caught it from the Cheer society or on a social event at the nightclub Ocean.

“Quite a lot of people on Cheer [society] seem to have it, and quite a lot of people I was near at Ocean like Rugby and American Football have it as well. I know around twenty people maybe that have it.”

Abi had two MMR vaccinations when she was younger, that help to protect against measles, mumps and rubella, however has still managed to contract the highly infectious virus.

Protect yourself – how is it spread?

  • Mumps is an airborne virus, therefore coughs and sneezes from an infected person can release tiny droplets of contaminated saliva into the air which can then be breathed in by another person
  • If an affected person touches their nose or mouth, they can then transfer the virus onto an object or surface and if someone else touches that surface, they could transfer the virus to themselves
  • It can also be spread by sharing cups, cutlery or plates with an infected person

Nottingham last suffered a flare-up of the virus in April 2011, when the University of Nottingham reported several outbreaks of mumps.

An outbreak occurs when a disease or virus appears in larger numbers than expected in a community or region, according to WebMD.