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Honduras: Mumps epidemic prompts emergency declaration in Cortés Sep. 19

Health officials announce state of emergency in Cortés on September 19 due to mumps outbreak; at least 5500 cases reported in 2018

21 Sep 11:27 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 9/21/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/9/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Tegucigalpa). COUNTRY/REGION Honduras, Cortés department

Event

The Honduran Ministry of Health announced a medical state of emergency on Wednesday, September 19, for northern Cortés department amid an ongoing mumps epidemic that has infected at least 5500 people since January. Cortés department is among the areas most affected by the outbreak with 3788 cases reported - 855 of which have been reported in the region's capital, San Pedro Sula. Health authorities estimate that 3.2 million adults are susceptible to the disease due to low vaccination rates and have expanded a nationwide measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination program to stop the spread of the disease.

Context

Mumps is an extremely contagious viral disease which is spread via airborne droplets emitted from the upper respiratory tract. Symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, and loss of appetite, followed by the swelling of the salivary (parotid) glands that can lead to difficulties in chewing and swallowing; the disease is asymptomatic in 20 percent of cases. Adult males without immunity are particularly susceptible to a more severe form of mumps.

Advice

Individuals in or planning to travel to Honduras are advised to verify that their mumps vaccination and any necessary booster shots are up to date and to take hygienic precautions.

 

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