Mumps cases rise to decade-high in England: health authority

  • Mumps cases rise to decade-high in England: health authority

Mumps cases rise to decade-high in England: health authority

As these cohorts are now attending college and universities, PHE predicts that they are likely to continue fueling outbreaks into 2020 just like how the outbreaks in universities and colleges fueled a steep rise in 2019.

Most of the infected were young adults who did not have the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) jab - a possible legacy of the anti-vaccination scandal of the 1990s.

The man who led a study about the link, 1998, doctor Andrew Wakefield subsequently had his work discredited and he was struck off, but uptake of the vaccine dropped to about 80 per cent in the late 1990s and a low of 79 per cent in 2003. The trend is continuing, with 546 new cases last month, compared to 191 in January a year ago.

Public Health England (PHE) is urging people to have both parts of the MMR vaccine, saying the full two doses are needed to maximise protection.

Driven by outbreaks in universities and colleges, cases of lab-confirmed mumps in England reached the highest level in a decade with 5,042 last year, marking a 78.9 percent increase year-on-year, said the Public Health England (PHE) Friday.

"The most effective thing our students can do is to ensure that they are fully vaccinated".

Mumps is an acute viral infection typically characterized by swelling and tenderness of one or more salivary glands, typically the parotid gland (parotitis). It's never too late to catch up. "The rise in mumps cases is alarming and yet another example of the long-term damage caused by anti-vax information", he said. "Science proves that vaccines are the best form of defence against a host of potentially deadly diseases and are safer and more effective than ever before".

The health secretary, Matt Hancock, said anyone in any doubt as to whether they had been vaccinated should contact their GP.

Although most people usually recover from mumps without treatment, in some cases it can cause complications such as inflammation of the testicles, and in rare cases, meningitis and deafness. Those who claim otherwise are risking people's lives.