Lowered population immunity a possible cause of mumps outbreak in SA
VAAL TRIANGLE - Health experts are pointing to lowered population immunity as a possible cause of the recent mumps outbreak in South Africa following earlier outbreaks of measles and whooping cough in certain areas. Mumps is known for causing painful swelling of the glands. People who have had mumps in the past are typically immune to future infections. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has officially confirmed the mumps outbreak, raising concerns about the overall immunity levels within the population.