Mumps out­break strikes Mar­shallese in Ar­kan­sas

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LIT­TLE ROCK | Health of­fi­cials say an out­break of mumps has par­tic­u­larly hit a com­mu­nity of Mar­shall Is­lan­ders in

north­west Ar­kan­sas.

The Ar­kan­sas Demo­crat-Gazette re­ported that Mar­shallese peo­ple ac­counted for about 60 per­cent of the state’s 2,220 re­ported cases as of Fri­day. The out­break started in Au­gust.

The con­ta­gious dis­ease causes swelling in the sali­vary glands and cheeks.

The Mar­shall Is­lands are in the Pa­cific Ocean. Up to 12,000 Mar­shallese live in north­west Ar­kan­sas.

State health depart­ment di­rec­tor Nate Smith said he doesn’t know why so many Mar­shallese peo­ple are in­fected.

Of­fi­cials are in­ves­ti­gat­ing if the vaccine is less ef­fec­tive for cer­tain peo­ple.

The U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion says Ar­kan­sas’ out­break is the largest since about 3,000 peo­ple were in­fected in New York City in 2009 and 2010.

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