LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) addressed concerns parents have about the recent mumps outbreak in the northwest region of the state. Currently there are 162 cases of the mumps in the state but experts said it could get worse in the coming months.
Dirk Haselow, an epidemiologist with the ADH spoke to parents of students from several school districts. He said the public could expect the number of positive cases to more than double and encouraged adults to get vaccinated.
Haselow told parents that the ADH hopes to contain the mumps outbreak by scheduling large vaccination events. Even with the events, Haselow and ADH expect the region could see people contracting the virus for at least another six months.