HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Health has identified a case of mumps in a Maui resident who reportedly traveled to Oahu. Oahu continues to see developing cases of mumps infection since the outbreak began more than one year ago. However, the last case of mumps identified on Maui was in November 2017. DOH has confirmed 985 cases of mumps since the outbreak began on March 1, 2017.
“The mumps virus continues to circulate in our communities,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park. “While the number of new cases we have identified in recent weeks has slowed, this outbreak is not over. The largest number of cases are on Oahu, and because of the ease of inter-island travel, new cases may continue to emerge on other islands.”
As summer approaches and families make travel plans, DOH recommends people get vaccinated; stay home when sick; cover coughs and sneezes, and wash hands frequently; and void sharing food and drinks.