Most of the contaminated had been younger adults who did not have the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) jab – a doable legacy of the anti-vaccination scandal of the 1990s. Many college students had been born quickly after physician Andrew Wakefield linked the MMR vaccine to autism in 1998.
His research was later discredited and he was struck off however the uptake of the vaccine dropped to about 80 % within the late 1990s and hit a low of 79 % in 2003.
There had been additionally will increase in mumps cases in Scotland and Wales final year.
Public Health England mentioned the figures had been the very best since 2009.
In 2018 there have been 1,066 cases.
Dr Vanessa Saliba, of PHE, mentioned it was vital everybody had the complete MMR dose, including: “We encourage all students and young people who may have missed out on their MMR vaccine in the past to get up to date as soon as possible.”