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Further case of mumps case confirmed in MidCentral DHB district

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There has been a further case of mumps in Palmerston North. There have now been four confirmed cases in the MidCentral DHB area in the past five weeks.

The case is now not infectious, however 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, with over 500 cases nationally over the past year.

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
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