NWA Mumps Outbreak Nears 500 Cases; ADH Offers Free MMR Vaccine Clinic

Major outbreak of mumps sees over 400 cases in Arkansas

In response to this outbreak, ADH is offering MMR clinics in the northwest Arkansas community and schools. The rest of 20 per cent of cases were not vaccinated or their status is now unknown. More than 30 schools have reported at least one case of mumps in a student and as a result, the department of health has ordered any student with vaccine exempt status to stay out of school for at least 26 days while the outbreak investigation continues.

Arkansas health officials now are scrambling to contain mumps outbreaks in 30 schools and affecting 427 people, a lot of them children, the state Health Department reported Friday. When the Centers for Disease Control looked at 2015-2016 vaccination rates for children about to enter kindergarten in Pennsylvania from 2015-2016, it found "that the percentage of Pennsylvania kindergarteners immunized against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) and against chicken pox (varicella) was about one-percent higher than the national average".

The department is asking everyone in the areas where mumps cases have been confirmed to double check that they and their family members are up to date on their vaccinations.

Mumps outbreaks are caused by the mumps virus.

Those suffering from this illness have a puffy jaw or checks due to salivary glands swelling. Before the vaccination was commonplace, 186,000 cases were reported each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus is very contagious and spreads through coughing, sneezing or most effectively, through direct contact with throat and nose secretions. "You don't have to confirm every single case if they've got typical symptoms and can be linked to it".

The MMR vaccine is reportedly expected to be 88 percent effective when it comes to preventing mumps infection. Although imperfect, the vaccine is effective, he said. Severe cases of mumps could lead to swelling in the brain and testicles or ovaries. If infected during the first three months of pregnancy, a woman may also suffer a miscarriage.

In outbreak situations, a third dose of the MMR vaccine may be safely recommended in certain settings where transmission has occurred, such as schools. A kid with the mumps is likely to miss quite a bit of school, and if their parents are infected, they'd definitely be off work for a while.

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