“It’s certainly interesting that it’s affecting our southern lads as our Derry based players appear to be okay. I’ve been told under the National Health Service players north of the border receive injections as school kids to inoculate them from such diseases, while across the border, it’s very much optional. In other words, if you want to get inoculated against certain diseases at childhood, you must pay for the injections. The 3 lads involved have not been inoculated, so we’ll have to wait and see if anyone else is affected.”
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.