Health officials in Auckland are reporting a “significant increase” in mumps cases this year. According to the Auckland Regional Public Health Service, there has been 25 cases reported to date in 2017, compared to just eight cases i this time last year.


The Ministry of Health has confirmed other affected District Health Boards include Northland (4), Capital & Coast, Lakes (3 each), Canterbury (2), Hutt Valley, Taranaki, Waikato and West Coast (1 each).

Dr Michael Hale said, “At this stage we’re on top of things, but it’s a timely reminder that people need to be aware of the fact that it is out there in the community at certain times and that people travelling need to be aware of their immune status.”

LeaderBrand recall

A consumer level recall will be initiated shortly by LeaderBrand Produce Ltd in Gisborne. LeaderBrand Produce Ltd will be recalling specific batches of various brands (including Value brand, Pam’s Fresh Express brand, Fresh Plus brand, LeaderBrand brand and potentially others) and unbranded of freshcut salads due to the presence of Listeria spp.

The affected branded products have been sold in both Foodstuffs and Progressive/Countdown supermarkets in New Zealand. Unlabelled products have been supplied to Subway, Pita Pit and My Food Bag.

We have no reports of associated illness.