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Increase in adult mumps cases in NI

26th August 2009

The number of cases of mumps diagnosed in Northern Ireland has significantly increased, according to data from the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre.

Most of the people with new cases of mumps were those who were not given two injections of the MMR vaccine when they were children. This year has seen 354 cases of mumps, in comparison to only 75 cases for the same amount of time last year. Dr Neil Irvine from the Centre said: "While the risk is significant, it has been higher in previous years."

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