Mumps epidemic--United kingdom, 2004-2005

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2006 Feb 24;55(7):173-5.


During 2004-2005, the United Kingdom (UK) experienced a nationwide epidemic of mumps, which peaked during 2005 when 56,390 notified cases were reported in England and Wales. The majority of confirmed cases during 2004-2005 were in persons aged 15-24 years, most of whom had not been eligible for routine mumps vaccination. Mumps usually is a self-limited viral disease that appears as parotitis. However, mumps also can lead to serious complications such as encephalitis or pancreatitis. This report summarizes the epidemiology of the 2004-2005 mumps epidemic in England and Wales.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Humans
  • Immunization Schedule
  • Immunization, Secondary
  • Infant
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine / administration & dosage*
  • Mumps / epidemiology*
  • Mumps / prevention & control
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology


  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine