Mumps Case Confirmed in Arkansas

APRIL 28, 2006 - Posted at 7:43 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas health officials say a case of mumps has been reported in the state.  A second case of possible mumps is also being examined.

The state Division of Health says neither of the patients can be linked to an outbreak of the disease in Iowa and other states in the Midwest.

Mumps is a virus that has symptoms that include fever, headache, and swollen glands around the ear and jaw.  Symptoms usually appear two weeks or more after exposure.  The illness can lead to hearing loss, meningitis and other complications.

Arkansas had two cases of mumps in 2005.

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