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Mumps outbreaks across England

Christian Fernsby |
Provisional data from Public Health England (PHE) show that there were 5,042 lab confirmed cases of mumps in England in 2019, compared to 1,066 cases in 2018.

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Topics: MUMPS    ENGLAND   

This is the highest number of cases since 2009.

The rise in cases looks set to continue in 2020, with 546 confirmed cases in January 2020 compared to 191 during the same period in 2019.

The steep rise in cases in 2019 has been largely driven by outbreaks in universities and colleges.

Many of the cases in 2019 were seen in the so called ‘Wakefield cohorts’ young adults born in the late nineties and early 2000s who missed out on the MMR vaccine when they were children.

These cohorts are now old enough to attend college and university and are likely to continue fuelling outbreaks into 2020.

Mumps is a viral infection that used to be common in children before the introduction of the MMR vaccine.


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