Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said his ministry is paying close attention to the spread of mumps in the country.
He assured that that mumps is a common child symptom, and that people need not to worry,as regular monitoring and checks were being conducted by the ministry.
"From the point of view of science and technology, mumps are acceptable so people need not be afraid … the ministry is working with various agencies to monitor the disease," he said.
According to the media,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.