Outbreak of mumps plagues Oxford’s colleges

first_imgAn outbreak of mumps has left students sent home, cricket games cancelled, and preliminary and final exams under threat as students across Oxford come down with the infection.Cherwell has learned that major outbreaks have occurred at Exeter, Corpus Christi and St Anne’s colleges, with as many as several dozen students falling ill across the entire university.It is possible that the infection, an airbourne virus transmitted through coughing or sneezing, was spread at recent college balls. In serious cases, it can cause deafness and meningitis. Four Anne’s students have reportedly been confined to their rooms, while two have been sent home to recover in quarantine.At Corpus, at least three students are affected, all of whom have either been asked to remain in their rooms or go to home for a brief period.Jack Counsell is a second year mathematician at Corpus who has contracted mumps and is sitting exams this term.Speaking to Cherwell, he said: “How I got mumps is a mystery, as the incubation time is between 2-3 weeks.”Although the “the college has been supportive and useful” by rearranging tutorials and relaxing deadlines, he said, he is concerned about upcoming examinations. He added that he “can’t really work, and as it’s a viral infection, you can only treat the symptoms.”A post on the Corpus Christi College Cricket Club Facebook page announced that the St Anne’s side had had to concede this week’s scheduled match “[D]ue to an outbreak of mumps and food poisoning.”According to Jack Beadsworth, a second year at Corpus, feeling in college was relatively jovial.He told Cherwell: “Oddly enough people really don’t seem to be that worried about it at all. It’s more of a cause for humour than a genuine cause for concern.” Speaking exclusively to Cherwell, St Anne’s JCR President Pranay Shah said: “‘The mumps outbreak around a few Oxford colleges is a pretty terrible coincidence with finals, prelims and other exams for the majority of students, but the response from staff has been very helpful.“As well as warning people of the transfection methods and symptoms, advice from the NHS and college nurse has been provided too.”One student who has contracted mumps told Cherwell: “The first I heard about it, someone I knew caught it and had been shipped home.“Then one evening I got sharp pains in the corner of my jaw which were pretty uncomfortable but I didn’t think much of it. Overnight, I was pretty feverish.”“I woke up the next day with my face all swollen up on the right hand side. “I went to the doctor who confirmed it was mumps, so College told me to stay in my room in quarantine or go home.“College have been pretty good about it—they moved me to a room with en-suite so I could be a bit more comfortable, and the nurse has been around to check on me, but I’m not allowed to use kitchens or communal bathrooms.”The student was also concerned about their academic work.“It’s made it pretty hard to work, getting books from libraries isn’t easy—my friends have been amazing.They added: “I’ve been able to do some stuff but mainly I’ve had to cry off. I’m lucky, I don’t have exams so it’s not the end of the world but there probably will be some catching up to do.“The first couple of days of infection were pretty grim, I was really weak, walking to Jericho meant I had to sleep for almost the rest of the day, and everything ached. I had dizziness, headaches and a high temperature, and a large swelling around the back of my jawbone.”Both the Oxford University health guidelines and NHS website recommend that people entering higher education for the first time have the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.In 2010, a similar outbreak saw forty-one students contract mumps. Students with symptoms are advised to seek medical assistance.last_img read more

Oxford standoff ends after shots exchanged

first_imgThames Valley Police said yesterday they were called to the scene at 1:15 pm yesterday afternoon and that they exchanged fire with an armed man.Thank you to everyone for your understanding and patience while we worked to resolve the incident safely. We are grateful for the support of members of the public and local businesses. If you’re coming in to Oxford today you should not experience any further disruption.— TVP Oxford (@TVP_Oxford) May 8, 2018 Residents, who were evacuated from the street, have gradually been allowed back into their homes. Some police are still at the scene but most of the road closures have now been lifted.Negotiations between police and the gunman continued yesterday and went into the early hours of the morning.Heavily armed police were seen at the scene along with sniffer dogs, ambulance services, and fire services. At one point, fire services unrolled a hose onto Paradise Street to use in the standoff.Earlier in the day, an Ambulance crew carried a stretcher through the cordon, but it was not used afterwards.Ambulance crew bringing through a stretcher now at Oxford shooting scene pic.twitter.com/uGKpME3NLW— Fred Dimbleby (@freddimbleby) May 7, 2018As the evening drew on, paramedics were seen carrying large lights through the police cordon.Ambulance crew just came through with large torches – this may continue for a while pic.twitter.com/1bc3XsKrTi— Fred Dimbleby (@freddimbleby) May 7, 2018Residents and onlookers gathered at a local pub on Paradise Street and said that the event had “brought them together”.Residents have been sitting outside this pub for most of the day, they say that the event has brought the street closer together pic.twitter.com/S0n864b1J1— Fred Dimbleby (@freddimbleby) May 7, 2018One resident told Cherwell: “ I woke up and there was a lot of shouting and dogs were fighting outside. I came outside and there were police cars everywhere – some marked and some unmarked. One up round the castle and round the road here.”Pembroke College, which is near the scene, warned students to avoid the area.In an email, seen by Cherwell, the Deputy Home Bursar said: “Due to an ongoing security incident, please be advised to avoid the Westgate Centre and the area around the Castle.” A standoff between police and a gunman near the Westgate centre has ended peacefully after 17 hours, according to police.A 24-year-old suspect was arrested at 3am this morning after negotiations with police at the scene.A firearms incident in Paradise Square, Oxford, has ended peacefully.All road closures have been lifted in the area. A small scenewatch remains in place.— TVP Oxford (@TVP_Oxford) May 8, 2018South Central Ambulance Service said that one person was being treated for non-life threatening injuries.Shortly before 3am today a 24-year-old man from Oxford was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the incident. He is currently in police custody.— TVP Oxford (@TVP_Oxford) May 8, 2018last_img read more

Aaron Ramsey sends emotional message to Arsenal fans after devastating injury blow

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 May 2019 5:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link335Shares Advertisement Aaron Ramsey’s FA Cup final winning goal ended Arsenal’s nine-year trophy drought (Picture: Getty)Ramsey wrote on Instagram: ‘It saddens me to say that the game against Napoli was my last game in an Arsenal shirt.‘Unfortunately it left me with an injury that rules me out of the remaining games. I am really disappointed not to play until the end and give everything for the club while I am still an Arsenal player. Unfortunately it’s out of my hands but I wanted to say thank you to the fans for your support.‘It has been a journey, on and off the field, and so much has happened in 11 years. I was a spotty young kid coming in and I’m leaving a man, married, father of three boys and full of pride and good memories that I will treasure.‘It will be emotional this weekend – my last game at home. I Look forward to seeing you there and thank you all again from the bottom of my heart for everything.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Aaron Ramsey sends emotional message to Arsenal fans after devastating injury blow Aaron Ramsey joined Arsenal as a teenager from Cardiff in 2008 (Picture: Getty) Aaron Ramsey overcame a horrific leg break early in his Arsenal career (Picture: Getty) Advertisement Aaron Ramsey scored two FA Cup final winning goals during an 11-year Arsenal career (Picture: Getty)Aaron Ramsey has confirmed he has played his last game for Arsenal after suffering a season-ending injury against Napoli.The Wales international has spent 11 years with the north London club after joining the Gunners as a teenager from Cardiff.Ramsey, who is st to join Juventus on a free transfer at the end of the season, will go down in history as one of the club’s greatest midfielders having scored two FA Cup final winning goals.Unai Emery had been hopeful the 28-year-old would have been available for a potential Europa League final against either Chelsea or Eintracht Frankfurt but confirmed earlier on Thursday that there will be no fairy tail ending to Ramsey’s Arsenal career.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Commentlast_img read more