Teens Offered Emergency Vaccinations as Mumps Cases Rise by 1,300%; EPIDEMIC FEAR AFTER UNIVERSITIES SUFFER WORST OUTBREAK IN 15 YEARS
Byline: REBECCA SMITH
BRITAIN is gripped by fears of a mumps epidemic as cases of the disease hit a 15-year high.
Latest figures revealed a 14-fold increase in the number of suspected cases in the past year with 1,000 children, teenagers and adults being seen by medics every week.
The Health Protection Agency revealed that in the first three weeks of this year there were 3,504 suspected cases, this compares to just 248 in the same period in 2004.
Experts say the epidemic is likely to get worse as two-thirds of those affected are aged between 15-24. Most of these were too old to have had the MMR jab, introduced in 1988.
Outbreaks have …
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Publication information: Article title: Teens Offered Emergency Vaccinations as Mumps Cases Rise by 1,300%; EPIDEMIC FEAR AFTER UNIVERSITIES SUFFER WORST OUTBREAK IN 15 YEARS. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Evening Standard (London, England). Publication date: February 4, 2005. Page number: 19. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2005 Gale Group.
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