There has been a further case of mumps confirmed in the MidCentral DHB area bringing the total number of confirmed cases to five over the past six weeks.
The case is currently considered infectious and is in isolation. Public Health Services are providing advice to close contacts of the case to reduce the risk of further spread.
Many areas around New Zealand are experiencing cases of mumps. From 01 September 2016 to 04 October 2017, there have been 692 confirmed and probable cases notified in New Zealand.
Medical Officer of Health Dr Rob Weir said: “Mumps causes painful swelling of the face, fever and headache. Most illnesses go away after 7-10 days without problems, but can result in serious complications.”
The best protection against mumps is the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. Those who are unsure about their MMR vaccinations should check with their practice nurse. MMR vaccination is free for anyone who needs it.
Given the increasing number of cases in the community now is the time to suspect mumps if you have typical symptoms. If you do suspect mumps it is important that you minimise the risk of spreading it to others by isolating yourself at home and then calling your doctor before visiting. You can also call Healthline for advice on 0800 611 116.
For questions about vaccination call the Immunisation Advisory Centre on 0800 IMMUNE or visit www.immune.org.nz/diseases/mumps