Mumps confirmed in central Arkansas

Mumps confirmed in central Arkansas

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas Department of Health confirmed that a "limited number" of Mumps cases have been confirmed in central Arkansas.

According to a news release, state health officials urge all Arkansans to make sure friends and family members are up-to-date with the Mumps, Measles, Rubella vaccine (MMR).

So far this year, the state has received nearly 800 confirmed cases of mumps, most in northwest Arkansas.

"We are very concerned about this outbreak," said Dirk Haselow, MD, PhD, state epidemiologist and outbreak response medical director for ADH. "Mumps can have serious complications. We continue to see a high number of new cases. Pulaski County residents should be aware of this outbreak and the potential for infection and should ensure that they are up-to-date with their MMR vaccine."

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