Hawai‘i Department of Health declares mumps outbreak is over

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The Hawaii Department of Health has declared Tuesday the end of the statewide mumps outbreak.

The outbreak began in March 2017 with two clusters of cases involving nine individuals on Oahu and increased steadily to 900 cases within a year. 

In total, 1,009 people with mumps were identified during the statewide outbreak.

During the outbreak, DOH staff collected and tested specimens, provided assistance to healthcare providers, interviewed individuals with the mumps disease, provided recommendations to schools and employers with possible exposures, developed educational resources and distributed helpful information.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of cases of mumps grew significantly during 2016 and 2017 nationally to more than 6,000 annually. 

Although the outbreak dose of MMR vaccine is no longer recommended, routine vaccination of all children should continue.

All adults born in 1957 and later should have documentation of at least one dose of MMR vaccine; adults at high risk of exposure to mumps-including international travelers, post-secondary school students, and healthcare workers-should receive two doses. 

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