The epidemiology of mumps in Italy

Anna Giammanco, De Simone, Caciagli, Paolo Bonanni, Campa, Passerini, Cavallaro, Marsella, Ciamarra, Tagliatatela, Camper, Genna, Lolli, Sforza, Pietro Crovari, Casentino, De Simone, Piscione, Simula, BassettiGrandesso, Rizza, Marchetti, Martelli, Caciagli, Palladino, Caciagli, Antonella Zizza, Zizza, Mucignat, Sara Boccalini, Luigi Clerico, Antonella De Donno, Perani, Zizza, Angela Bechini, Tronci, Marta L. Ciofi Degli Atti, Giammanco, Maria Cristina Rota, Giovanni Gabutti, Icardi, Danilo Villalta, Goglio, Focà, Marcello Guido, Giancotti, Favero, Caraccio, Anna Zizza

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In Italy, although vaccination has been recommended for a number of years, vaccination coverage formumps is still sub-optimal. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the seroprevalence ofmumps antibodies in the Italian population, stratified by age, gender and geographical area. The proportionof individuals positive for mumps antibodies remained stable in the age classes 0–11 months and 1year (25.4% and 30.8%, respectively) and showed a continuous increase after the second year of life. Thepercentage of susceptible individuals was higher than 20% in persons 2–14 years of age and exceeded10% in persons 15–39 years of age. No statistically significant differences were observed by gender orgeographical area. Comparison between these results and the data obtained from a 1996 survey showeda statistically significant increase in seroprevalence in the age class 2–4 years. No changes were observedin the other age-groups. The results of this study confirm that the efforts made in recent years to improvevaccination coverage within the second year of life should be strengthened.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2906-2911
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Medicine
  • General Immunology and Microbiology
  • General Veterinary
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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