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Minister's concern at mumps threat

The minister of health for Scotland has raised concerns about recent outbreaks of mumps in young adults who are too old to have been vaccinated with MMR.

Malcolm Chisholm was speaking after latest figures showed there were 370 confirmed cases in Scotland up until the end of April compared with 46 in all of 2003.

England and Wales have also seen a big rise in the incidence of mumps, with the University of Derby offering MMR vaccination to students because of concerns over a potential outbreak. Health officials in Scotland are urging teenagers and young adults to get themselves vaccinated.

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