MORE CASES OF MUMPS
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.