About 33 students from the University of Comillas in Madrid are affected by an outbreak of mumps



About 33 students from the School of Engineering of the Pontifical University of Comillas, located on Alberto Aguilera street in Madrid, were affected 10 days ago due to an outbreak of mumps that led to the activation of an action protocol marked by the Ministry of Health.

Health Ministry sources told Europa Press, after reports by the ABC newspaper, that those affected are between the ages of 18 and 22 and that in principle they are all "mild" cases that do not require special treatment. some, just control the symptoms with painkillers.

The Community's Directorate General of Public Health launched a surveillance and control action against the notification of cases of mumps at the Pontifical University of Comillas, which began on March 19.

The same sources pointed out that the contacts of the cases that did not contain the two doses of the MMR vaccine were vaccinated and is followed by the review of the vaccination status of all these people, with the recommendation of general hygiene measures.

In Health explain that this disease occurs in a "usual" way in the Community of Madrid and throughout Spain, being "more frequent" at some times of the year as the current. Thus, the number of cases that is occurring throughout the Community of Madrid is within the normal range.

They add that protection with a population nature "is achieved in the vast majority of people with two doses of viral triple," noting that the limitations of some vaccines of the 1980s and 1990s "are overcome decades ago."

"More than 10 years ago, people were recruited for revaccination, it's a problem of the past," they detail in the Ministry to insist that the repeal of people being vaccinated "more than 10 years ago."

From the university they explained to Europa Press that the institution, after having proven the outbreak of mumps, acted "immediately" and as a milestone the regulations applying the protocol for these cases by Health.

Thus, there was a "constant communication" between the university and the Ministry of Health from the "first moment" and proactively by the Comillas Pontifical University through the doctor who attends the headquarters of Alberto Aguilera, 23.

– The recommendation of the Regional Ministry of Health of the Community of Madrid is that the school is not closed, that students normally go to class and that, in case of any symptoms, they go to a health center to start treatment if it was required. According to information from the health authorities, which had repercussions a few years ago, there was a problem with certain doses of the Triple Viral vaccine during the years 1995 to 1998 and between 1985 and 1988 that did not adequately protect the receptors. The Community of Madrid recommends checking if revaccination is necessary to avoid becoming ill.

The Comillas Pontifical University wants to send a message of calm and normality to families and the university community, in a case that is regularly repeated in schools and universities in Madrid and throughout Spain. All the indications and recommendations of the Community of Madrid are being followed and the students and their families have been duly informed through different statements about the situation.


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