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Number of mumps cases so far this year hits 58

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

State health department officials on Thursday announced three new cases of mumps, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 58 this year. 

None of the patients required hospitalization.

Hawaii has seen an influx of mumps cases since March, when the DOH was made aware of nine people with the viral infection.

The last time Hawaii had such an active year was 2001. At least 10 DOE schools have also been reportedly affected by mumps cases. 

In December, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the country was in the midst of its worst mumps outbreak in a decade.

Mumps is highly contagious; symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. Some people with mumps have very mild or no symptoms. The disease is not considered life-threatening, but there are some lasting side effects, including the swelling of salivary glands and swollen jaws. 

The DOH has said they are expecting to see a continued increase in reported cases as the disease spreads.

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