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Mumps rises by 50%

16th March 2009

Data released by the Health Protection Agency has shown the number of cases of mumps in England and Wales has risen by 50% since last year.

There were 265 cases of the disease in January 2009 compared to 177 in 2008. Dr Mary Ramsay, who monitors mumps cases at the Health Protection Agency said: "The increased occurrence of the disease is mainly among older teenagers and young adults in their early twenties, and mostly among those in further or higher education establishments."


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