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Measles, Mumps and Rubella

Volume 493: debated on Thursday 4 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reported cases of (a) mumps, (b) measles and (c) rubella there were in each year since 1997. (277107)

The information supplied by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) is shown in the following table.

All laboratory confirmed cases of measles, mumps and rubella, England and Wales, 1997 to 2008

Measles

Mumps

Rubella

1997

177

182

117

1998

56

121

119

1999

92

373

162

2000

100

730

62

2001

70

784

45

2002

319

500

64

2003

437

1,541

16

2004

188

8,129

14

2005

78

43,378

29

2006

740

4,420

34

2007

990

1,476

35

20081

1,370

2,440

27

1 Provisional totals.

Notes:

1. Measles and mumps includes those confirmed by testing serum and by oral fluid

2. Rubella includes serum confirmed from 1997, but since 1998 includes both serum and oral fluid.

3. From February 2005, the HPA recommended that, during the period of increased mumps incidence, oral fluid sample should not be taken from individuals with clinical mumps who are born between 1981 and 1986, and they should be managed as if they were confirmed cases. For the purpose of reporting, all notified cases of mumps in this 15 to 24-year-old age group are being counted as confirmed.