Source: West Australian
Mumps cases are on the rise in West Australia. There have been 19 reported cases since late December, up from just two cases during the same period a year ago, and most involve older teenagers and young adults in their early 20s living in Perth. The spike in mumps cases does not appear to be linked, which suggests the virus is in wide circulation and many other cases have not been detected. “Most of the cases have not been vaccinated against mumps, although a few received vaccine many years ago,” says a spokeswoman for the West Australian Health Department. According to Australian Medical Association WA President Richard Choong, “What is really alarming is that it’s not a cluster, but seems to be floating out there in the wider community.” Health officials are urging parents to make sure their children are up-to-date on their mumps vaccinations.