The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) today confirmed three (3) additional cases of Oahu residents with mumps, bringing the total number of cases in 2017 to 58. The recently confirmed cases involve two (2) children and one (1) adult. All three of the new cases are linked to previously confirmed cases on Oahu. None of the individuals required hospitalization and no schools were affected.
The department expects to see more cases of mumps in Hawaii as the viral disease is highly contagious and circulating on Oahu.
The classic mumps symptom of parotitis often results in a tender, swollen jaw. Other symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. Some people with mumps have very mild or no symptoms. The disease is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The disease can also be 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.
The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella, and prevents most cases 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.
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