Health Ministry advices mumps patients to temporarily isolate themselves to prevent spread of disease


The Health Ministry is advising those who have been infected with the mumps virus to isolate themselves temporarily and to avoid contact with other people to prevent further spread of the disease.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said although most patients would recover from mumps within a few weeks, the virus could easily be spread to others, especially children who were not vaccinated.

He said there were 10 types of vaccines listed in the National Immunisation Programme, including for mumps, and it was hoped that the public would not neglect the importance of getting the vaccines at any health clinic.

"Parents are advised not to neglect immunisation for their children as it is the best prevention of infectious diseases, including mumps," he said.

On March 2, the media reported that 70 students and three teachers of Sekolah Menengah Agama Kuala Lipis, Pahang, had been infected with the mumps virus since February 20.