The Oahu Community Correctional Center has confirmed that eight inmates have mumps.
The total number of cases in the state of Hawaii has now risen to 209, including
the eight inmates, according to the Hawaii Department of Health. The facility is taking steps to ensure the disease does not spread.
“This includes vaccinations and isolation of positive cases until they are no longer contagious. Inmates who have come in contact with the infected inmates have been immunized per the DOH recommendation,” said a Department of Health spokesperson.
The situation is not being considered an outbreak, as eight confirmed cases among over 1,300 inmates remains small. However, precautions are being followed carefully.
The state DOH recommends that “all adults born in or after 1957, without evidence of immunity to mumps, who cannot verify previous MMR vaccination, should receive one MMR dose.”