LIHUE — The Hawaii State Department of Health has confirmed 10 more cases of residents with the mumps, raising the total number of statewide cases this year to 143. Six of the additional cases of individuals are adults and four are Kauai residents.
None of the individuals required hospitalization and all are recovering, according to a DOH press release. Including this week’s reported cases, there have been eight confirmed mumps cases on Kauai this year.
More cases are expected as mumps is a highly-contagious disease.
Mumps is spread through coughing, sneezing and touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands. Symptoms include fever, headaches, swollen glands in front of the ears or jaw, tiredness and muscle aches.