Outbreaks of Mumps continue to be a concern for public health officials around Alberta.
 
The common childhood disease seems to be hitting young adults as much as anyone.
 
"Over a month ago there were cases in South Zone, there have been some cases in Calgary and there have been some cases in Edmonton related to university students who traveled to Manitoba, where there's outbreaks," reported Dr. Digby Horne, Medical Officer of Health for Alberta Health Services Central Zone.
 
"The clusters of cases in the university, of course, are primarily in students, people in their 20's," he elaborated. "There's outbreaks happening in other provinces, Manitoba and Ontario, and that's the typical population that's been affected."
 
Most people born before 1970 should be immune, as they probably caught the Mumps as a child before there was vaccine, noted Dr. Horne.  Kids generally receive two doses, one as an infant and one by the time they reach kindergarten.
 
"There is a vaccine available to prevent Mumps," he noted. "People can check to see if they're up to date with their immunizations; they can contact their local community health centre."
 
If you're diagnosed with Mumps you're advised to stay home from work or school for five days. If you think you or someone you know might have it, you should call your family doctor as soon as possible.

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