Mumps on the rise in Pardubice

Cases of the mumps are on the rise in the central region of Pardubice. Epidemiologists have recorded 420 cases in the region in the last two months since the beginning of the year as compared to 220 cases in 2011 total. According to the regional hygienic station most of the cases are in the area of Pardubice and Chrudim, followed by a rise in Ústí nad Orlicí. Young people aged 15 to 16 are apparently most susceptible to the illness. Research is now being conducted to determine why the virus is spreading despite the fact that most of the population is vaccinated - whether the vaccine stopped being effective or whether the virus has mutated.