In a follow-up on the mumps situation in Hawaii, state health officials have reported seven additional confirmed cases, bringing the state total to 65.

Image/rjmcsorley via pixabay
Image/rjmcsorley via pixabay

The additional cases include six Oahu residents and  one additional case of a resident on Kauai.

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

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.

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 loved ones, family members, friends, classmates and coworkers.
  • Patients suspected or diagnosed with mumps should self-isolate and avoid going out and exposing others for nine (9) 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.