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DOH: Hawaii mumps cases in 2017 surpass 100

Posted June 16

— The Hawaii Department of Health confirmed eight more mumps cases on Oahu this week bringing the 2017 statewide total to 104.

Three new cases were confirmed on Tuesday and involved two adults and one child. None of them required hospitalization and all of them are recovering. An additional five cases were confirmed on Thursday involving one adult and four children. None of them needed hospital care.

Health officials say the mumps outbreak is expected to continue.

Mumps is highly contagious and is spread through coughing, sneezing and sharing cups and utensils. Symptoms include swollen or tender salivary glands, low fever, tiredness and muscle aches. People who think they have mumps should contact their health care provider and remain at home.

The MMR vaccine provides the best protection against the disease. 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.

The MMR vaccine is available at local pharmacies across the state. To locate a vaccinating pharmacy nearest you, visit http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/vaccinesimmunizations/vaccine-locators/ or call the Aloha United Way information and referral line at 211.

Additional information about mumps and the ongoing investigation can be found on the DOH website at http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/department-of-health-investigating-mumps-cases/.

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