Arkansas Department of Health reports 26 cases of mumps at U of A since September

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting there have been 26 cases of mumps at the University of Arkansas since September 2019.

According to Public Information Officer Danyelle McNeill, there have been 54 total cases in Arkansas since January 1, 2019.

McNeill says three cases were in September, three in October and the rest were in November.

The ADH confirmed 25 of the 26 people infected with the virus were fully vaccinated. The department is still waiting on records to find out if the 26th person was vaccinated.

The ADH sent this statement “Two doses of MMR vaccine (fully vaccinated) provide 88% protection against mumps infection.  It’s still important to be fully vaccinated since it greatly decreases the number of people who develop dangerous complications from mumps, such as meningitis, encephalitis, and deafness.  It also decreases the likelihood of swelling of testes and ovaries. So, if you are fully vaccinated and still contract the mumps, your symptoms will likely be less severe and you’re far less likely to have serious complications.” 

The department is still receiving cases of the mumps around Arkansas.

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