More Mumps Confirmed on O‘ahu: Total 104
The Hawai‘i State Department of Health has confirmed eight additional cases mumps on O‘ahu this week, pushing the total cases this year to 104.
Three new cases were confirmed on Tuesday, June 13, and involved two adults and one child. None of the cases required hospitalization and all three are recovering. An additional five cases were confirmed today, involving one adult and four children, none of whom required hospitalization.
DOH expects the current mumps outbreak to continue and the investigation of new cases is ongoing. Mumps is highly contagious and is spread through coughing, sneezing and sharing cups and utensils. Symptoms include swollen or tender salivary glands, low fever, tiredness and muscle aches. People who think they have mumps should contact their healthcare provider and remain at home.
The MMR vaccine provides the best protection against the disease. Two doses of the vaccine are 88% effective at protecting against mumps and one dose is 78 percent effective. Being fully vaccinated can help protect loved ones, family members, friends, classmates and coworkers.
The MMR vaccine is available at local pharmacies across the state. To locate a vaccinating pharmacy nearest you, go online or call the Aloha United Way information and referral line at 2-1-1.
Additional information about mumps and the ongoing investigation can be found on the DOH website.