ADH: Potential Mumps Cases Now Identified In Huntsville, West Fork

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SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — The Arkansas Department of Health said Friday (Sept. 9) there are now 89 suspected and confirmed cases of mumps in Northwest Arkansas.

The health department has identified potential cases of the virus in the Hunstville and West Fork areas. The ADH said they are investigating a possible case of mumps in each school district.

The West Fork School District said the possible cases of mumps are not in the district’s schools.

The Rogers School District reported Thursday two students had been sent home after exhibiting mumps symptoms.

The virus outbreak was first reported in Springdale Aug. 31 and had been contained until this week. Following the Labor Day weekend, the Springdale School District reported about 30 students had either confirmed or suspected mumps, but the virus originated outside the district.

The ADH said it expects the mumps cases to continue outside of the Springdale area.

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.