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Seven More Mumps Cases Confirmed in Hawai‘i; 65 Total

May 30, 2017, 3:15 PM HST
* Updated May 30, 3:18 PM
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Department of Health logoThe State Department of Health today confirmed seven more cases of mumps in Hawai‘i.

Six of the additional cases affected O‘ahu residents and one additional case affected a Kaua‘i resident, bringing the total number of cases in 2017 to 65.

The recently confirmed cases include children and adults whose infection is linked to other cases on O‘ahu. None of the individuals required hospitalization.

The department expects to see more cases of mumps in Hawai‘i as the viral disease is highly contagious and circulating on O‘ahu.

Information on case numbers is updated online regularly.

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Mumps is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus is also spread by sharing items such as cups or eating utensils, or by touching contaminated objects or surfaces and then touching the eyes, nose, or mouth.

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Prevent the spread of mumps in our community by:

  • Ensuring your family is fully vaccinated with the MMR vaccine. High vaccination coverage helps to limit the spread of mumps. Two doses of the vaccine are 88 percent effective at protecting against mumps and one dose is 78 percent effective. Being fully vaccinated can help protect family members, friends, classmates and coworkers.
  • Patients suspected or diagnosed with mumps should self-isolate and avoid going out and exposing others for nine days after onset of parotitis (tender, swollen jaw).
  • People who have been exposed to mumps and are not vaccinated should not attend school, work or travel from day 12 through day 25 after exposure.

MMR vaccine is available at local pharmacies across the state. To locate a vaccinating pharmacy in your community, go online or call the Aloha United Way information and referral line at 2-1-1

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