In the past two weeks, seven cases of mumps and measles have been recorded across Somerset and Bath.
Here are the places where the diseases were found:
- South Somerset: 1 case of measles
- Bath and North East Somerset: 2 cases of measles
- Mendip: 1 case of mumps
- Bath and North East Somerset: 1 case of mumps
- Taunton Deane: 2 cases of mumps
Mumps are contracted in the same way as cold and flu. Infected droplets of saliva can be inhaled or picked up from surfaces and transferred through the nose or mouth.
A carrier is most contagious a few days before the symptoms begin to appear.
Measles is a viral disease that can lead to complications. Symptoms appear about 10 days after infection. They include cold-like symptoms, fever and small grayish-white spots inside the cheeks. After that, a red brown blotchy rash appears.
NHS advises that children should be given the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.
The vaccine is part of the childhood immunization schedule. The child is giving a dose at 1 year and another just before starting school.
If you suspect that your child has mumps or measles, contact your GP.