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Mumps case confirmed in MidCentral DHB district – first since 2008

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A case of mumps has been confirmed in Palmerston North; this is the first confirmed case in MidCentral District Health Board’s district since 2008.

The case is now not infectious, however Public Health Services are looking into illness among household contacts and managing them according to the Ministry of Health guidelines.

Auckland is currently experiencing a mumps outbreak, and mumps cases have occurred in other areas of New Zealand.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Craig Thornley 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 any person who has not received two doses.

This is particularly important for teenagers and young adults, who are less likely to have been fully immunised than younger children.

In addition, those born and brought up in some Pacific countries may not have been covered against mumps. Mumps vaccination was not provided in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

If you suspect mumps call your doctor or 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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