Mumps remains a major concern in New Brunswick

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The latest numbers, for the week ending 4 July, were provided by the CID intelligence agency The rate of cases in New Brunswick of cases of mumps has…

Mumps remains a major concern in New Brunswick

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The latest numbers, for the week ending 4 July, were provided by the CID intelligence agency

The rate of cases in New Brunswick of cases of mumps has held steady at around one every two days, as the total now stands at 1,078, New Brunswick’s public health ministry said on Wednesday.

New Brunswickers have been reporting to health authorities at the rate of 988 per day since the start of the year, the province’s health ministry said.

The province also announced it has seen a large number of women, who were in their childbearing years during 2018, become infected during that year.

Both mumps outbreaks were found at one school.

In May, New Brunswick’s health minister, Madeleine Dube, said New Brunswick could be spared of a mumps outbreak, despite a seven-fold increase in cases this year.

Canada’s Public Health Agency said in late May that a widespread outbreak of mumps was reported to be spreading across the country.

In May, a British Columbia doctor who was also head of a vaccine-assessment agency, said the number of cases in B.C., which at that time had about 1,000 cases, could soon reach 50,000.

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