Springdale Schools Reports Suspected Mumps Cases In 14 Schools, 27 Students

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SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — The number of schools affected by suspected mumps cases has grown from four to seven to ten Friday (Sept. 2) in the Springdale School District.

District Spokesman Rick Schaeffer said there are now 11 additional students who are showing symptoms of mumps, which brings the total number of students 27, along with two staff members. The number of schools that are affected has also gone up from seven schools to ten, according to Schaeffer.

The affected schools include:

  • Springdale High School
  • Lakeside Junior High
  • Sonora Middle School
  • Turnbow Elementary
  • Archer Learning Center
  • Thurman G. Smith Elementary
  • Westwood Elementary
  • Tyson Middle School
  • Tyson Elementary
  • Jones Elementary
  • Lee Elementary
  • Southwest Junior High
  • Parson Hills Elementary
  • Walker Elementary

The district first reported eight suspected mumps cases at four schools on Wednesday and number of cases and schools has gone up since then.

Students and staff who have shown symptoms of mumps have been sent home.

Of the four schools reported Wednesday, four students had exemptions from the MMR vaccine, which covers mumps, measles and rubella, Schaeffer said. Of the three additional schools reported Thursday, five students had exemptions.

There are 11 students with exemptions for the MMR vaccine between Tyson Middle and Parson Hills and Walker elementary schools, Schaeffer said. The 11 students with mumps symptoms and the 11 students with exemptions have been sent home.

If any of the students who do not have the vaccine choose to get it, they will be allowed to return back to school, Schaeffer said. Those who maintain their exemptions will have to remain home for 26 days and will receive academic plans to keep up with their classes, he added.

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.

On Friday, the Arkansas Health Department also reported a total of 48 suspected cases of mumps and nine confirmed cases of the virus in Northwest Arkansas, but said they expect that number to change.

The AHD is also investigating where the mumps originated.

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.