MORE CASES OF MUMPS

Eastern Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

There have been more than 600 con­firmed cases of mumps no­ti­fied to the Auck­land Re­gional Pub­lic Health Ser­vice (ARPHS) since Jan­uary, Coun­ties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) says. Among the cases, 75 per cent have been peo­ple 10-29 years old; 75 per cent were not fully cov­ered by the measles­mumps-rubella vac­cine (MMR); 60 per cent oc­curred among Pa­cific peo­ples and 12 per cent among Maori; and 50 per cent of the cases are CMDHB res­i­dents. MMR vac­ci­na­tion cov­er­age is cru­cial in con­trol­ling the out­break, CMDHB says. While the im­mu­ni­sa­tion cov­er­age for the child­hood sched­ule is now high there is a co­hort of 10-29 year olds who are at par­tic­u­lar risk. The health board urges pri­mary health or­gan­i­sa­tions and GPs to re­call un­der-vac­ci­nated pa­tients.

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