By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews


Public Health England (PHE) reported a total of 2,028 confirmed cases of mumps during the second quarter of 2019, an increase over the first quarter of 2019 (795 cases) and the highest quarterly figure for mumps cases since 2009.

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Mumps cases were reported in all regions of England, predominantly in young adults aged 15 to 34 years (1669/202, 82%). Some of the cases confirmed this month were associated with outbreaks linked to Universities across England.

Nearly half (998/2028, 49%) of the cases this quarter were unvaccinated. Although mumps in fully vaccinated individuals can occur, due to secondary vaccine failure, it is less likely to lead to complications requiring hospitalization such as orchitis and meningitis.

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The number of measles cases reported in the second quarter of 2019 was also up, mainly attributed to an outbreak in London, officials say.

301 new measles infections were confirmed in the period between April and June 2019 compared to 231 in the first quarter of 2019.

Cases this quarter continue to be associated with an outbreak in London (183) linked to an under-vaccinated religious community with spread into the wider community and outbreaks in a number of schools.

No new cases of measles were reported from Wales and Northern Ireland this quarter. Scotland identified two new cases.

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