Mumps cases con­firmed in MidCen­tral


Palmer­ston North res­i­dents are be­ing warned about an out­break of the mumps.

Four cases of mumps have been con­firmed in the re­gion cov­ered by the MidCen­tral District Health Board in the past five weeks.

Mumps is a vi­ral ill­ness. It can cause painful swelling of the face, fever and headache.

Most ill­nesses go away after seven to 10 days with­out prob­lems, but mumps could re­sult in se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions, med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health Dr Rob Weir said.

The most re­cent con­firmed case in Palmer­ston North was not con­sid­ered to be in­fec­tious.

How­ever, public health ser­vices were pro­vid­ing ad­vice to peo­ple in close con­tact with the sick per­son to re­duce the risk of spread­ing the vi­ral in­fec­tion.

The best pro­tec­tion against mumps was the measles, mumps and rubella vac­cine.

Peo­ple who were un­sure about their vac­ci­na­tions should check with their prac­tice nurse, Weir said. The measles, mumps and rubella vac­ci­na­tion was free for any­one who needed it.

Given the in­creas­ing num­ber of cases in the com­mu­nity, peo­ple should be vigilant, Weir said.

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