Mumps Outbreak at University of Arkansas

According to those at the Arkansas Department of Health, there are three confirmed cases and one suspected cases of the mumps on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. The mumps outbreak has been going on for weeks now.

Currently, the department is urging for all of those on campus to make sure they have up to date Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccinations. According to a spokesperson for the department, Mumps is a viral infection that comes about through direct contact from an infected person. Though Mump is usually a mild disease in children, it can cause severe complications in adults. Complications can include deafness and encephalitis. Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain and can be deadly.

Symptoms include swollen salivary glands that are painful. They make ones’ cheeks look puffy and swollen. Other symptoms are headache, fever, tiredness, muscle aches, and loss of appetite. However, if you are a man, your testicles may swell.

Mumps Outbreak On Arkansas Campus

When it comes to the MMR vaccine, this is what the Arkansas Department of Health says:

According to ADH, the MMR vaccine remains to be safe and effective. To prevent mumps, doctors recommend two doses of MMR. The vaccine contains a live virus. They do not advise patients who are pregnant or with weak immune systems to receive the vaccine. Adults who were born before 1957 are immune to mumps and do not need the shot.

The CDC recommends for children younger than 6 to receive one dose at age 12-15 months. However, there second does should be by the time they turn 6. If the child’s never been vaccinated and they are between the ages of 7-18, they can receive one dose of MMR and a second one four weeks later. If an outbreak occurs in their school, they are to receive a third dose of the MMR vaccine to remain safe of transmission.