Mumps outbreak in Hawaii nears 1,000 cases

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.

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