The number of confirmed cases of mumps in England in the first three months of this year is almost as many as for all of last year, official figures from Public Health England (PHE) show.
A record number of suspected mumps cases were reported in England in quarter 1 of 2019. The uncorrected number of cases notified between January and March was 2576, 825 more than quarter 1 of 2018 and almost half the number reported throughout the last year. The figure is the highest per-quarter number of suspected cases since 2013.
Of the 1788 suspected cases tested by oral fluid IgM antibody test and/or polymerase chain reaction (69.4%), 756 have been confirmed, almost as many as the number of confirmed cases recorded for all of 2018 (n=836).
Across England and Wales, 1088 confirmed cases were recorded in 2018. The incidence peaked in the 15-19 (n=257) and 20-24 (n=299) years age groups . This trend is similar to that seen in 2017, although the numbers are smaller (n=534 and n=613, respectively).
The north west saw substantially more confirmed cases than other jurisdictions (n=507). The next highest number occurred in London (n=146).