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In a follow-up on the mumps outbreaks in Arkansas and Oklahoma, health officials in Arkansas have seen the outbreak top 200 cases with official suspected and lab confirmed cases now at 210.

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The outbreak affects 30 schools in the Huntsville, Rogers, and Springdale School Districts in northwest Arkansas.

In the mumps outbreak in Garfield County, Oklahoma, the number cases has risen to 14, up 10 cases in less than a week.  State and local public health officials are working closely with schools and healthcare providers to rapidly identify suspected cases and exclude affected persons from childcare centers, schools or workplaces during the timeframe they are able to transmit mumps to other persons.

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. It is best known for 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.

The MMR vaccine is safe and effective. Two doses of MMR vaccine is 88 percent effective in preventing mumps.

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4 Comments

  1. 210 confirmed Mumps with an 88% effective MMR strongly suggests someone is not telling the truth. It is my understanding the MMR has been 0% effective for at least 210 children.

    • Lisa... says:

      Hello sir, Why do you suppose this is? I’m wondering why these 210 cases appear to be in isolated areas? Is it possible that the vaccine sent to those particular areas was compromised … and that the vaccine is actually effective … ?? Thank you for your thoughts.

  2. […] cases center around Enid in Garfield County, and health officials in Arkansas are dealing with a larger outbreak that has afflicted more than 200 people so […]

  3. Tracy says:

    Hi

    Isn’t Merck up in court for falsifying the efficacy of MMR mumps component? Stated as 95% effective but mumps part can have efficacy of as low as 67%? My son due to have MMR but I am holding off for now to look into it more and everything Ive read so far is making me think twice about vaccination in general but if I go ahead most likely it will be with single measles vaccine. I do not think people are giving “informed consent” because I dont believe the public are dealing with a full deck of cards as it were when it comes to a robust bias -free assessment of the risks versus benefits of these vaccinations.

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