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Health & Fitness Mumps warning after 5,042 cases - highest number in a decade

13:15  14 february  2020
13:15  14 february  2020 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

Mumps outbreak hits hundreds of students across UK after a fall in the number of children having MMR vaccine two decades ago

  Mumps outbreak hits hundreds of students across UK after a fall in the number of children having MMR vaccine two decades ago More than 7,200 mumps cases have been reported in the UK since July, according to Public Health England figures. A mass health scare was started by disgraced doctor Andrew Wakefield in 1998.Public Health England figures show that more than 7,200 suspected mumps cases have been reported in the UK since July, almost triple the same period last year.

The number of recorded cases of mumps in England has soared to the highest level in a decade . There were 5 , 042 cases in 2019 – four times the A large number of the 2019 cases were people born in the late 1990s and early 2000s who missed out on the MMR vaccine when they were children.

Image caption Student Olly Finch had mumps despite being vaccinated. Health officials are urging people to have both parts of the MMR vaccine after cases of mumps in England reached their highest level in a decade . Outbreaks in universities and colleges raised the number of cases of the painful

There were 5,042 recorded cases of mumps in England in 2019 – four times the number in 2018 and the highest level in a decade.

Many of these cases were as a result of outbreaks in universities and colleges and most were in young adults who did not have the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) jab.

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A large number of the 2019 cases were people born in the late 1990s and early 2000s who missed out on the MMR vaccine when they were children.

Mumps outbreak hits hundreds of students across UK after a fall in the number of children having MMR vaccine two decades ago

  Mumps outbreak hits hundreds of students across UK after a fall in the number of children having MMR vaccine two decades ago More than 7,200 mumps cases have been reported in the UK since July, according to Public Health England figures. A mass health scare was started by disgraced doctor Andrew Wakefield in 1998.Public Health England figures show that more than 7,200 suspected mumps cases have been reported in the UK since July, almost triple the same period last year.

Mumps cases in Oregon have spiked to their highest levels in a decade , according to the Centers for Disease Control. "You go to college 13 or 14 years after your second dose, you’re in close quarters and then add a little stress to the mixture, and pretty soon you have a lot of transmission," Cieslak said.

Mumps outbreaks have hit the highest level in a decade , and it may be the new normal thanks to clusters of unvaccinated kids. Symptoms usually appear 16-18 days after infection, but it can be shorter or longer than that. Some cases of the disease are so mild, that the individual doesn’t even

In 1998, doctor Andrew Wakefield led a study that linked the MMR vaccine to autism.

His work was subsequently discredited and he was struck off, but uptake of the vaccine dropped to about 80% in the late 1990s and a low of 79% in 2003.

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.

The vaccine prevents most, though not all, cases of mumps.

There were also increases in mumps cases in Scotland and Wales last year.

Dr Vanessa Saliba, of PHE, said it it never too late to catch up on immunisation.

“We encourage all students and young people who may have missed out on their MMR vaccine in the past to contact their GP practice and get up to date as soon as possible,” she told the BBC.

Mumps cases rise to highest in 10 years with 'Wakefield effect' on anti-vaccine parents blamed .
'Wakefield effect' blamed for rise to 5,042 recorded cases of mumps in England in 2019 - four times the number in 2018.There were 5,042 recorded cases of mumps in England in 2019 - four times the number in 2018 and the highest since 2009. Many of these cases were as a result of outbreaks in universities and colleges and most were in young adults who did not have the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) jab.

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