Mumps Cases Continue to Rise, 14 Confirmed and 59 Reported

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Mumps cases continued to rise in Springdale, with the total confirmed cases at 14 on Tuesday.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, there are 59 clinically diagnosed cases of mumps. That brings the total of reported cases to 73 in our region.

Meg Mirivel with ADH said she expects the number to continue to rise but also said the cases are still confined to Springdale.

On Friday, Collier Drug pharmacists said they usually do one or two MMR vaccines a month but the calls were coming in all day long after the reported “outbreak.”

Rick Schaeffer with Springdale Schools said eight students and one staff member have confirmed mumps; however, 30 students and three staff members total have mumps symptoms.

Schaeffer also said students with mumps symptoms has spread to four different locations: Har-Ber High School, Don Tyson School of Innovation, George Elementary and the Early Childhood Center.

Currently, 18 school locations are involved in the “outbreak.”

Mumps symptoms include fever, headache, muscles aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. There is no treatment, and symptoms usually resolve themselves within a few weeks. Mumps is usually a mild disease in children, but adults may have more serious disease with complications, according to the ADH

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