Mumps worst in 23 years


Auck­land is in the grips of a se­ri­ous mumps out­break, the likes of which hasn’t been seen for more than 20 years.

Health au­thor­i­ties say the out­break be­gan in West Auck­land and has now spread across the re­gion.

The last sim­i­lar out­break of mumps was in 1994 when there were be­tween 200-300 cases re­ported. Since then only hand­fuls of cases were re­ported each year, many from over­seas.

But this year, more than 311 cases of mumps have spread across the city with Auck­land Re­gional Pub­lic Health Ser­vice med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health Josephine Her­man say­ing she had seen mumps-re­lated menin­gi­tis, testes in­flam­ma­tion and cases of hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion.

Mumps is an in­fec­tious vi­ral ill­ness which can cause fever, sore­ness, swelling in the face and gen­eral malaise.

Most peo­ple re­cover after a few weeks, but mumps can have se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions.

The dis­ease can cause in­flam­ma­tion of tis­sue sur­round­ing the brain (menin­gi­tis), in­flamed tes­ti­cles or ovaries, and per­ma­nent

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