One with mumps on Kauai

LIHUE — One of the 51 people infected with mumps in Hawaii is on Kauai, according to state health officials.

The single case was confirmed in an un-vaccinated Kauai adult on May 15 and the individual did not require hospitalization, said Janice Okubo, spokeswoman for the state Department of Health.

In December, the national Center For Disease Control and Prevention announced the United States was in the midst of the worst mumps outbreak in 10 years.

From Jan. 1 to April 22, the nation reported a total of 2,570 cases of mumps, according to the CDC. In 2016, there were about 5,800 cases reported to the CDC.

In Hawaii, the number of mumps cases started rising in March, when DOH confirmed the viral infection in nine people from Oahu.

The DOH expects to see more cases of mumps in Hawaii.

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