By NewsDesk @bactiman63
Officials with Waikato DHB are reporting 12 confirmed mumps cases with nearly all probably exposed at the same location at Static, 5 Hood St, Hamilton on Saturday 12 October. Three of the cases are Waikato University students.
“These are significant numbers,” says Dr Richard Hoskins. “11 of the cases got sick within one week of one-another, almost all were at the same location during the time they would have been exposed.
“If you get symptoms that might be measles or mumps – please don’t spread it, no one wants these serious diseases in the run up to Christmas.
“If you get swollen tender cheeks, you need to be in isolation at home for 5 days after the symptoms start.
“You can get it up to 3.5 weeks after being in contact with someone.
“It is important to see your doctor if you think that you have mumps or call Healthline free on 0800 611 116 for health advice and information, “states Dr Hoskins.
Being immunised on time (15 months and again at 4 years) is the best protection against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), though with mumps there is about a one-in-five chance that young adults will have lost the immunity.
“There is no specific treatment for mumps,” says Dr Hoskins. ”But pain relief can help with symptoms such as pain and fever.”
Currently, MMR vaccine is available for all children under 15 years ensuring that all on time childhood immunisations are delivered.
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