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.