Measles, mumps and rubella: number of cases in England and Wales

  • Public Health England

  • curated by Dawn O'Shea
  • UK Medical News
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According to preliminary data from Public Health England (PHE), 2576 cases of mumps were reported for England and Wales in the first quarter of 2019. Of 1788 cases tested, 756 were found to be positive (42.3%). The data, if correct, represent the highest number of confirmed cases in a 3-month period since the second quarter of 2014 when 784 of 2053 suspected cases tested positive (38.2%).

Throughout 2018, there were 6745 suspected cases of mumps. Of 4704 cases tested, 836 tested positive (17.8%). Most cases were reported in 15-29-year-olds (n=253) and 20-24-year-olds (n=291). The figure reflects a high number of reports in these age groups in the North West of England (n=149 in each age group).

Between January and March of this year, there were 522 unconfirmed cases of measles in England and Wales. Of those tested, 202 (30.6%) showed a positive result.

In 2018 there were a total of 992 cases of measles, with peaks in the 1-4 years age group (n=175) and again at 15-19 years.

A total of 75 suspected cases of rubella were reported in England and Wales in the first 3 months of 2019. However, of 63 cases tested, none were positive for rubella. Through 2018, 284 were notified. Approximately 1 per cent of those tested proved positive.