Source: Radio New Zealand, 24 August 2017
Public health authorities in Dunedin are dealing with a mumps
outbreak in the city, with 12 confirmed cases in the past
The authorities said it is spreading and they are moving to
vaccinate high-risk groups.
Public Health South said the outbreak was thought to be
connected to flare-ups in Auckland and the Pacific as some people
have become infected after returning from those areas.
As of yesterday, there have been 260 confirmed or probable cases
of mumps in the Auckland region where an outbreak began early this
Southern District Health Board medical officer of health Naomi
Gough said mumps was spreading in Dunedin.
"Rather than focusing on intense case-by-case investigations for
all of those mumps notifications, because we know that it is now
circulating through the community, what we're really focusing on is
targeting those populations that we believe are at risk and
vaccinating them to them becoming exposed to mumps."
She said the MMR vaccine was free for anyone who needed it, and
there was no harm in having an extra dose if people were
Authorities said most Dunedin cases appear to be connected to
the university and polytechnic student population.
Mumps is a highly infectious viral illness spread in the same
way as colds and flu.
The MMR vaccine is free and authorities urge anyone unsure if
they have been immunised to get it.