Hawaii Mumps Cases Now 154

Health officials in Hawaii have updated their mumps headcount to include 11 newly confirmed cases. These 11 new cases bring the state’s total to 154 so far this year.

Of the new cases, say officials, 10 are from Oahu and the other is from Kauai. All of them are expected to recover without hospitalization. Under Hawaii State law, anyone with mumps is not allowed to attend school, go to work or travel for 9 days after parotitis, or swelling of the salivary glands, is noticed.

Mumps is a contagious viral infection that, generations ago, sickened hundreds of thousands of people each year. Modern vaccines have hacked that number down to between a few hundred to a few thousand.

Hawaii has been dealing with an outbreak since at least April, when it confirmed that it was looking at 2 mumps clusters on Oahu. At that time, the Department said it had documented 14 cases since the beginning of the year. And in June officials with DOH recommended that anyone without evidence of immunity be vaccinated. The Department has not said how many of the cases involved people who were not appropriately immunized but its recent updates about the apparent outbreak have reiterated the importance of getting vaccines updated.

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