Mumps epidemic breaks out in Pardubice region
An epidemic of mumps has broken out in the Pardubice region, in the north-east of the country, the regional health authorities said on Thursday. Some 170 cases of the disease were registered in the region in January; however, doctors expressed concerns the real number might be much higher. Some people contracted the disease despite having been vaccinated against it. The head of the local anti-epidemic department said doctors were now working to determine whether this was caused by the virus having mutated or by the fact vaccines were no longer effective.