Mumps outbreak closes school district in SW AR

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WICKES, Ark. – A mumps outbreak has closed a school district in southwest Arkansas for the rest of the week.

Cossatot River School District dismissed classes on Tuesday and classes won’t resume until after spring break on March 25.

The district posted on its Facebook page the following details: 
We will be using three A.M.I. days for contagious disease. Parent Teacher conferences will be cancelled and rescheduled at a later time. 

The school district closed because the Arkansas Department of Health said there’s been one suspected case.

These are statistics on mumps in Arkansas for the last 10 years, provided by the Arkansas Department of Health:

Of those 11 cases so far this year, three are in the Northeast region and eight are in the Northwest. Here’s a map with the regions:

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