ADH: Mumps outbreak beginning to rise again

ADH: Mumps outbreak beginning to rise again

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The mumps outbreak in Northwest Arkansas continues to grow.

The Arkansas Department of Health reported Tuesday the number of individuals infected now stands at 492.

The department reports cases in the Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville, and Huntsville school districts.

ADH urges residents in these areas to make sure they and their loved ones are up-to-date on the Mumps, Measles, Rubella (MMR) vaccine. It also encourages people to practice infection control by washing hands regularly and staying home if they suspect they are sick.

"We are very concerned about this outbreak," said Dr. Dirk Haselow, state epidemiologist and outbreak response medical director for ADH. "We are seeing transmission from child to child in school settings, and we continue to see a high number of new cases."

The number of new cases, which had seemed to slow down recently, has begun to rise again, the ADH reported in a news release Tuesday.

ADH will offer a free MMR vaccine clinic on Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Jones Center in Springdale from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. They will also provide flu vaccines. Patients with insurance should bring their insurance cards.

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