Infectious Diseases / Outbreak Watch

Mumps Outbreak in Lanarkshire, Scotland

The Daily Record notes that there has been an outbreak of mumps in Lanarkshire, Scotland, where, 31 cases were registered in January, whilst the expected number of cases is 3-4 per month. Most of the patients are aged between 20 and 45 years, though older people have also been affected.

It is being hypothesized that the dwindling rates of overall vaccine coverage is responsible for the outbreaks in Scotland. Interestingly, a similar fall in the vaccine coverage in the USA has resulted in a massive measles outbreak across several states.

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