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    Posted: March 21 2018 at 9:11am

Mumps outbreak ongoing in areas of the Pacific

Kevin Tano, Pacific Daily News Published 5:53 p.m. ChT March 21, 2018

Residents are asked to be mindful when traveling as mumps cases have been reported in Hawaii and other areas in the Pacific, according to the Department of Public Heath and Social Services. 

According to Public Health, the Hawaii State Department of Health reported 929 cases of mumps since 2017.  The case count by island:

  • 743 on Oahu
  • 49 on Kauai
  • 134 on Hawaii
  • 3 on Maui

According to the release, cases have been found in children and adults, both vaccinated and unvaccinated. Approximately 60 percent of cases have been in adults aged 18 years and older. 

Annette Aguon, immunization program manager at Public Health, urges residents to be mindful when traveling to and from Hawaii or the other islands.

"We want to remind residents the outbreak is ongoing and are encouraged to update their immunization records," Aguon said.

She said it's best to get vaccinated as early as two weeks before travel.   

Mumps is characterized by fever, swelling, with pain/tenderness of the parotid glands and or salivary glands. Up to half of people show very mild to no symptoms. Symptoms typically appear 16 to 18 days after infection, but could range from 12 to 25 days. 

The areas of the lower jaw near the ears usually show apparent swelling, which could occur on both sides, Aguon said. She added that often people mistaken mumps for a dental issue. 

According to the release, there is a possibility that the disease may be brought over by frequent travelers between Guam and Hawaii. Aguon said there are no known cases on Guam but the agency continues to monitor the outbreak, especially during spring break.   

Prevent the spread

According to the news release, a key part in prevention is to achieve high measles, mumps and rubella, or MMR, immunization rates. The more people who are vaccinated, the fewer opportunities the disease can spread. 

  • All children should receive two doses of MMR vaccine, with the first dose given at ages 12 to 15 months and the second dose at four to six years of age. 
  • All persons born during or after 1957 should have documentation of at least one dose of MMR vaccine on or after their first birthday. 
  • People suspected or diagnosed with mumps should isolate themselves to avoid exposing others for nine days after signs of symptoms. 
  • People exposed to mumps who are not vaccinated should not attend school, work, or travel from day 12 through day 25 after exposure.        

Source:   https://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2018/03/21/mumps-outbreak-ongoing-areas-pacific/440788002/


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Mumps outbreak in Hawaii nears 1,000 cases

By HNN Staff
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The mumps outbreak in Hawaii is continuing to grow at an exponential rate, reaching almost 1,000 cases.

As of Thursday, there were 944 confirmed cases in the mumps outbreak which started in March, the state Department of Health said.

The large majority – 758 – is on Oahu. More than 130 cases were reported on the Big Island, nearly 50 on Kauai and just three on Maui.

The outbreak is by far the worst Hawaii has seen in decades. Typically, the state sees fewer than 10 cases a year.

As the outbreak grows, health officials continue to urge people to get vaccinated. Adults born after 1957 should get at least one dose even if they’ve had a prior vaccination.

New research from Harvard University shows protection can decline years after receiving the vaccine.

Additional information about mumps can be found on the DOH website. The most common symptoms of mumps include swollen glands, fever, muscle aches, headache, loss of appetite, and tiredness.

Source:   http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/37796779/mumps-outbreak-in-hawaii-nears-1000-cases


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