Mumps is an acute viral infection that is spread from person to person. Mumps is a notifiable disease. Symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, tiredness and swollen, tender salivary glands (usually the parotid gland which is located just below the front of the ear). Mumps often gives the appearance of swollen cheeks or jaw. If you have mumps symptoms you should stay at home, not go to school or work and phone your GP and explain that you may have mumps. The best protection against mumps is to be fully vaccinated with 2 doses of the MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) vaccine.
The first graph above shows mumps cases by week of notification.The second graph above shows the cases notified from Week 1 2021 by their Epi Date Week i.e. these cases are graphed by their onset date, or diagnosis date or laboratory specimen collected date where available. A small number of cases with an EpiDate prior to 2021 are excluded to aid easier data validation.
An update on mumps cases, by HSE Area, age group and gender is in the document below.