- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 13, 2019

WICKES, Ark. (AP) - A school district in western Arkansas has canceled classes for the rest of the week because of a suspected case of mumps.

The Cossatot River School District dismissed classes early Tuesday and canceled school for the remainder of the week because of concerns about the contagious disease. Because next week is spring break, students won’t return until March 25.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health, the state has seen 11 confirmed cases of mumps so far in 2019, which does not include the Cossatot River School District case. Last month , several cases were confirmed at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

The state last saw a major mumps outbreak in 2016 and 2017, when nearly 3,000 cases of the illness were confirmed in Arkansas.

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