Over 850 Cases of Mumps in Arkansas Outbreak

The Arkansas Department of Health reports that a mumps outbreak continues to be primarily focused in the northwestern portion of the state. As of October 28, 2016, Benton, Madison, Pulaski, and Washington are the counties involved.

There are currently 26 workplaces, 3 school districts, and 2 private schools impacted.

As of today, there are a total of 856 cases under investigation, which include individuals who have displayed symptoms related to mumps or have received lab confirmation that they are positive for the virus.

“We are very concerned about this outbreak,” said Dirk Haselow, MD, PhD, State Epidemiologist and Outbreak Response Medical Director for ADH. “Mumps can have serious complications. We continue to see a high number of new cases. Pulaski County residents should be aware of this outbreak and the potential for infection and should ensure that they are up-to-date with their MMR vaccine.”

More information is available on the Arkansas Department of Health mumps update page.