AHD: Confirmed Mumps Cases Now At 9, Suspected Up To 48 In NWA

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SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — The Arkansas Health Department said Friday (Sept. 2) the number of suspected cases of mumps in Northwest Arkansas is up to 48 and nine cases that have been confirmed.

This comes after the Springdale School District said Wednesday eight students in four schools tested positive for the virus.

On Thursday, the school district updated its numbers. Now there are 16 students and two staff members in seven schools with suspected cases of mumps.

On Friday, the school district once again revised its numbers to 27 students and two staff members in 14 schools.

According to AHD, this is the largest outbreak of mumps since 2010. They are investigating, but right now do not know where the outbreak started.

They also said Thursday the number of suspected and confirmed cases is expected to change.

In response to the outbreak, ADH is requiring students in school with vaccine exemptions for the MMR vaccine, which covers mumps, measles and rubella, to be excluded from school for 26 days from the date of exposure and until the outbreak has ended. The district said it will be sending assignments to those students.

Springdale School District Spokesman Rick Schaeffer said all students are required to get a vaccination for mumps before they can go to class unless their parents submit a form claiming the vaccination is against their religious beliefs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mumps is a viral illness that is transmitted by direct contact with respiratory droplets or saliva from an infected person. Symptoms include painful, swollen salivary glands that show up as puffy cheeks and swollen jaw. Boys may also have painful, swollen testicles. Other 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.

6 comments

  • Clayton Underwood

    And now the anti vaxxers are reaping their rewards. Parents that refused to get their kids vaccinated “because autism” or any other such psuedoscientific BS should have to pay the medical bills of the kids that actually can’t be vaccinated and have gotten sick.

    • Ione Murphy

      “The ultimate victims here are the millions of children who, every year, are being injected with a mumps vaccine that is not providing them with an adequate level of protection,” the lawsuit filed by the virologists states. And while federal health officials have said the disease was supposed to have been eradicated by now, “the failure of Merck’s vaccine has allowed this disease to linger with significant outbreaks continuing to occur.”

      Antitrust, FCA Claims On Merck Mumps Vaccine To Advance
      “We are pleased that the court has upheld our federal antitrust claim in this important case. While Merck has enjoyed an exclusive monopoly on the sale of mumps vaccine in the United States, mumps outbreaks continue to occur because, as we allege in our lawsuit, Merck has misled the public about the vaccine’s efficacy,” Kellie Lerner of Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP, representing the direct purchasers, said in a statement. “This decision brings us one step closer to shining a light on Merck’s deceptive business practices so that new and more effective vaccines will ultimately be developed in the future.”

  • Cod R. Physh

    Springdale School District Spokesman Rick Schaeffer said all students are required to get a vaccination for mumps before they can go to class unless their parents submit a form claiming the vaccination is against their religious beliefs.

  • Rachael Hunt

    herd immunity theory went right out the window…. how then is it possible that an un-immunized child would start an outbreak? if the vaccinated children are immune because of the vaccine? how could they possibly get the disease? thats right! herd immunity doesnt work. and neither do the vaccines. in fact, children who have been recently “immunized” are carrying the disease. it’s the vaccinated child who starts the outbreak.

  • Ione Murphy

    March 2016 FDA Consumer Updates-

    FDA Researchers Advance Science for Vaccines to Prevent Mumps and Whooping Cough-

    “This work is being done because reported cases of mumps and whooping cough (also called “pertussis”) have risen in recent years, even though many people are vaccinated. So, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rubin and his team studied college-age participants’ response to a third vaccine dose. Participants responded with a sharp increase in antibodies within the first month after vaccination, but levels went down to nearly pre-dose levels within one year.“This suggests that an additional dose of vaccine is unlikely to provide a long-term solution,” Rubin says”….

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