Mumps: Health Ministry Steps Up Monitoring



SEGAMAT, Mar 3 – The Health Ministry will further boost its monitoring and proactive steps to control the spread of mumps. Its minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam described mumps as a common mild symptom which people need not be anxious about, as regular monitoring and checks were being conducted by the ministry.

“From the point of view of science and technology, mumps is acceptable so people need not be afraid … the ministry is working with various agencies to monitor the disease,” he told reporters after launching the Segamat Parliamentary Constituency People’s Touch Sale programme here today.

The media yesterday reported that 70 students and three teachers of Sekolah Menengah Agama Kuala Lipis, Pahang had been infected with the mumps virus since Feb 20. Subramaniam said the ministry was still waiting for a complete report from the State Health Department to identify the cause for the spread of the disease at the school.

Subramaniam said public awareness to curb the spread of the disease, also known as cluster of mumps, must be stepped up from time to time. He said those with symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite and swelling and pain in the parotid glands (salivary glands) should immediately seek medical advice.

Mumps is due to Paramyxovirus virus infection and can be spread through respiratory droplets and salivary fluid and through contact of objects contaminated with the patient’s saliva. On the People’s Touch Sale programme run by state and private agencies including the Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority and Malaysian Fisheries Development Board, he said it was aimed at reducing the cost of living for the people.

“All the items sold in the programme are about 30% cheaper than the market price,” said Subramaniam, who is also Segamat Member of Parliament. Meanwhile, the MIC president said his party machinery was in the final preparation for the 14th general election. He said a few issues were still in the discussion stage including the list of candidates, which would be settled before the general election. — Bernama

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