State health officials said today that this year’s mumps outbreak has climbed to 119 cases, after 15 more people on Oahu were confirmed to have the disease.
Of the 15 new cases, eight are adults and seven are children, none of whom required hospitalization, Department of Health officials said. All 15 are recovering, they added.
They said they continue to investigate new cases and expect the outbreak to continue on Oahu. The virus is highly contagious and spread through coughing, sneezing and sharing cups and utensils.
Anyone who suspects they have the mumps should stay home and call their doctor. Symptoms include swollen or tender salivary glands, fever, tiredness and muscle aches, health officials said.
For information on the Mumps Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine, go to http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/vaccinesimmunizations/vaccine-locators/ or call the Aloha United Way information line at 2-1-1.