LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Arkansas Department of Health has announced that the recent Mumps outbreak in the state has ended.
The last confirmed case of Mumps was on July 13, 2017. The investigation into the outbreak began back in August of 2016.
“ADH staff worked closely with local affected communities, particularly schools, churches, physicians and businesses, to coordinate resources,” said Dr. Dirk Haselow, ADH State Epidemiologist. “This collaborative effort was key in bringing the year-long outbreak to an end.”
From August 2016 until August 2017 there were 2,954 cases of Mumps in Arkansas. The typical amount of Mumps cases in a year is between one and six, according to the ADH.
"During this outbreak, ADH observed that very few people ill with mumps experienced complications such as swelling of the pancreas or testicles," stated the ADH. "In a typical outbreak of this size, 50-100 times more persons with complications due to mumps would be expected; however, in this outbreak, many of those who were vaccinated who contracted mumps only experienced mild disease. The vaccine remains the best protection against the mumps.