FYLDE coast teenagers and young adults are being warned to make sure they have been immunised with two doses of MMR vaccine.
The alert comes after recent cases at the nearby University of Central Lancashire (UClan).
Prof John Ashton, consultant with the Health Protection Agency Cumbria and Lancashire, said: “In the case of UCLan, I give top marks to the university for efforts they put into containing the infection and preventing onward transmission to the respective local communities.
“What happened in Preston can happen anywhere. Mumps is highly infectious and spreads easily when introduced to universities, further education colleges and schools where a percentage of the students are unvaccinated, as we have seen numerous times in recent years. I would strongly advise any teenager or young adult who wasn’t vaccinated as a child to speak to their family doctor and arrange to be vaccinated now.”
Mumps is a viral illness which causes swelling of the glands, fever, headache, muscle pain and loss of appetite.