20 Jun 2017

Mumps outbreak in Marshall Islands worse than reported

From , 5:03 am on 20 June 2017

A mumps outbreak in the Marshall Islands may be hitting the country much harder than reported, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

Since the viral disease was first found in the Marshalls in March, there have been more than 1,000 confirmed cases.
The ministry says the number of cases has been dropping in recent weeks, but it's noted this may be due to under-reporting, and officials warn figures could be as high as 3,000.

Our correspondent Giff Johnson told Mackenzie Smith the outbreak has come at a particularly bad time for the Marshalls.