By NewsDesk @bactiman63

The Public Health Agency of Catalonia in Girona reports investigating an outbreak of mumps in the Gironès and Pla de l’Estany regions. According to a El Pais report (computer translated), since the beginning of the year more than a hundred people were infected and the number continues to grow.

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In all of 2018, only 33 cases were detected in the entire Region of Girona.

Nine out of 10 people affected by the outbreak are young (ages 16-30 years). Many of them share educational centers, football clubs or entertainment venues, which has caused the virus to spread rapidly, the report notes.

Public Health has sent a letter to people close to the cases detected in which specifies, “in accordance with the protocol for prevention and control of mumps of the General Directorate of Public Health, vaccination is recommended to contacts  born after 1966, who are not vaccinated and who have not had the disease.”

In addition, it notes that “during the years 1994, 1995 and 1996, the Triple viral vaccine was administered with a low immunogenic parotidic component”, for this reason people who have received one of the doses in these years, the letter states, “should administer a booster dose.”