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Seven mumps cases confirmed in the MidCentral DHB district

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A student at Palmerston North Boys’ High School is the latest confirmed case of mumps in the MDHB district.

The case is now not infectious so has come out of isolation, however Public Health Services are providing advice to close contacts of the case to reduce the risk of further spread.
There have been seven mumps cases confirmed in the MidCentral DHB over the past eight weeks.
Public Health Services is working with the school and appropriate information has been supplied for families and providing advice to close contacts of the latest case to reduce the risk of further spread.
Many areas around New Zealand are experiencing cases of mumps. From 1 September 2016 to 01 November 2017 855 confirmed and probable cases have been reported. More than a third of the cases were aged 10-19 years, with the next highest age group being 20-29 year olds.
Medical Officer of Health Dr Rob Weir said: “I am really appreciative of the on-going support in the community involving previous cases, and am working with the school community in this instance to minimise its spread.

“Mumps causes painful swelling of the face, and may be accompanied by 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.

The following Pacific countries do not include mumps in their vaccination schedule: Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Anyone who received their childhood vaccinations in these countries is advised to request an MMR vaccination from their GP as soon as possible.

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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