Arkansas Remains Free of Mumps, Health Officials Say

APRIL 27, 2006 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas remains free of confirmed mumps cases, more than three weeks after an infected Iowa traveler went through the Northwest Regional Airport in Fayetteville.  That's according to Ann Wright, a spokeswoman for the state Health and Human Services Department.

An outbreak of the virus has led to more than a thousand confirmed cases in Iowa, and Arkansas public health officials were monitoring for outbreaks in this state.

She said mumps symptoms usually appear 14 to 18 days after exposure to the mumps virus, though in rare cases they can appear as long as 25 days after exposure.  Today marks the passage of 25 days since the passenger's Arkansas travel on April 2.  Wright said Arkansas isn't out of the woods yet, but it's looking pretty good.

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