- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - The number of Springdale-area schools impacted by a mumps outbreak has jumped from four to seven.

Springdale School District spokesman Rick Schaeffer told television station KHBS (https://bit.ly/2bVN1Km ) that two staff members and 16 students were showing signs of mumps, and the Arkansas Department of Health says the number of suspected cases in the area has hit 39.

Health officials say the cluster is Arkansas’ largest of the decade.

Students who haven’t been vaccinated against mumps must stay home for 26 calendar days if their school is among those impacted.

Mumps causes swelling in the salivary glands and cheeks. Symptoms also include headaches, fatigue, muscle aches and low-grade fevers. State health officials say the viral infection spreads easily.

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Information from: KHBS-TV, https://www.4029tv.com

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