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State identifies new case of mumps on Maui, says outbreak 'not over'

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MAUI (Hawaii News Now) -

The State Department of Health has identified a case of mumps in a Maui resident who recently traveled to Oahu.

Oahu has been seeing outbreaks of patients with mumps since the outbreak began over a year ago. The last confirmed case of mumps on Maui was in November 2017.

DOH has confirmed 985 cases of mumps since the outbreak began on March 1 of last year.

“The mumps virus continues to circulate in our communities,” said State Epidemiologist, Sarah Park. “While the number of new cases we have identified in recent weeks has slowed, this outbreak is not over."

"The largest number of cases are on Oahu, and because of the ease of inter-island travel, new cases may continue to emerge on other islands,” Park said. 

The state Department of Health urges residents, especially those with summer plans, to take the following precautions to avoid catching, or spreading the mumps:

  • Get vaccinated
  • If sick, stay at home
  • Cover coughs and sneezes 
  • Avoid sharing food and drinks

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