Mumps Outbreak

MANAGE IT PHASE

Wednesday, 27th September 2017

Normally there is no mumps circulating in the Community. However since August 2017, there has been an outbreak. It is currently only affecting the Dunedin and Oamaru Communities. This outbreak is linked to outbreaks in Auckland and the Pacific Island region. Some people who travel to those areas have been infected with mumps. There are other people who live in Dunedin and Oamaru who have also become infected. It is expected that further cases will present in our region for the duration of the outbreaks in affected areas.

Public Health South has moved to a MANAGE IT phase. This means that there are now too many local people with mumps for case-by-case investigations to control the outbreak and efforts will focus on vaccinating populations at risk. Rather than actively testing all cases where mumps is clinically suspected, the testing resources will be prioritised for high risk cases and new settings or communities.

As of the 27th of September, 25 cases of mumps have been confirmed in our region, with 7 of those in Oamaru and 18 in Dunedin. Many of the Dunedin cases are connected to the University and associated with student travel to areas affected by mumps outbreaks. Cases in Oamaru are associated with travel to overseas areas affected by mumps outbreaks and by subsequent local transmission within a school community.

Contact tracing will now be patient-led and Public Health South has developed a range of resources to support clinicians and patients with their diagnosis and management.

When a case is diagnosed with mumps, please ensure they are familiar with the information in the link below for cases. This will assist them in undertaking their own contact tracing.

IMPORTANT NOTE

As the outbreak evolves, it can be expected that advice on management of mumps will change. Please keep this link and refer back to it for up to date guidelines, advice and resources.

General Information on for People on Mumps

Resources for Primary Care

Online Education and Support for Patients with mumps
  • Please send this link to patients with mumps for their own education on the disease, isolation and contact tracing (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RW7QKKT). You can send this link via email, text or Facebook messenger.
  • Additional information:

- PDF Information for Patients with Mumps

Online Education and Support for Contacts of People with Mumps

Please send this link to patients with mumps so patients can forward it on to their contacts (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WH7WQ8F). 

This link provides contacts with education on the disease, self-assessment of risk and advise on MMR and quarantine.  This link can be sent via email, text or Facebook messenger.

Additional Information:

- PDF Information for Contacts

- PDF Information on Quarantine

Managing a case of mumps exposure in the Healthcare Setting

Recommendations for Occupational Health and Infection Prevention and Control in the Healthcare Setting.

Further information on Mumps can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website.

Information for Southern Region schools and early childhood settings

School and early childhood centres are asked to discuss the information below with their Public Health Nurse

Letter to Principals of Schools
Messages for Schools to share with families
Guidelines for follow up of a case of mumps in a school
Letter to Managers of Early Childhood Centres
Messages for Early Childhood Centres to share with families
Guidelines for follow up of a case of mumps in an early childhood setting

Mumps timeline cartoon

Information for Oamaru schools and early childhood settings

School and early childhood centres are asked to discuss the information below with their Public Health Nurse
Letter to Principals of Schools
Messages for Schools to share with families
Letter to Managers of Early Childhood Centres
Messages for Early Childhood Centres to share with families
Mumps timeline cartoon