- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

ROGERS, Ark. (AP) - An outbreak of mumps in northwest Arkansas has spread into Rogers.

Rogers School District spokeswoman Ashley Siwiec told reporters Thursday that at least two students likely had mumps.

Arkansas Health Department epidemiologist Dr. Dirk Haselow said there are 76 confirmed or suspected cases of the virus that was first found in late August in Springdale schools.

The outbreak is the state’s largest since 2010 when five cases were confirmed. It’s centered in northwest Arkansas, where the Health Department says the opt-out rate for vaccinations exceeds any other area of the state. State law allows parents to claim medical, religious or philosophical exemptions from school vaccination requirements.

Mumps is a viral infection that causes swelling in the salivary glands and cheeks and may include headaches, fatigue, muscle aches and low-grade fevers.

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