Outbreak of mumps reported in Arkansas’ schools

The Rogers Schools District said two students have symptoms of mumps at the Rogers New Technology High School. The outbreak was first reported in Springdale on August 31.

The Arkansas Department of Health requires the students to stay out of school until five days after they are no longer showing symptoms. The ADH is also requiring students who are not vaccinated to remain out of school until they have either had the vaccine or for a period up to 26 days.

"Last week we were in the high 20s at the end of last week, and we come back this week and we only have four," said Rick Schaeffer, Springdale school district spokesman. "The Department of Health told us it would start to level off and we're happy to see that." The health department also updated the number of suspected and confirmed mumps cases to 76 from 64 the day before.

hola-535-web_mumps-4"We think it's going to get worse before it gets better," said Dr. Dirk Haselow, an Arkansas state epidemiologist. "What we have seen up until this point is an increase in cases every week. So this is still amplifying, it's not dampening."

Community clinics are being set up by ADH, which are targeted toward people who are more at risk of being exposed to mumps. A mass clinic will be open to the public on September 21, but details are still be finalized, said Haselow.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mumps is a viral illness that is transmitted by direct contact with respiratory droplets or saliva from an infected person. Symptoms include painful, swollen salivary glands that show up as puffy cheeks and swollen jaw. Boys may also have painful, swollen testicles. Other symptoms include fever, headache, muscles aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite.

There is no treatment, and symptoms usually resolve themselves within a few weeks. Mumps is usually a mild disease in children, but adults may have more serious disease with complications.

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    Mumps cases in 2016:
    Harvard University: Spring 2016-41 cases. All 41 fully vaccinated.
    Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.Spring 2016. 8 cases all fully vaccinated
    Indiana University: 63
    Purdue: 31
    IUPUI: 5
    Butler University: 24
    All of the above are vaccinated and considered to be immune yet these people were infected. Last I heard a few of the suspected cases were not confirmed and than the information went dark.

    Currently Merck is in court fighting 2 lawsuits, one by whistleblower researchers formerly of Merck and a Children Medical Facility called Chatham Primary. The lawsuit can be read about at the following links. Too much information for a comment board:

    Merck mumps vaccines are a total fraud: Company can only provide the courts with efficacy data from 50 years ago: http://www(dot)naturalnews.com/050061_Merck_mumps_vaccine_scientific_fraud.html

    Merck knowingly falsified its mumps vaccine test data, spiked blood samples with animal antibodies, sold a vaccine “that actually promoted mumps and measles outbreaks, and ripped off governments and consumers who bought the vaccine thinking it was ‘95% effective.”

    As further reported by Courthouse News at the time:
    Merck also added animal antibodies to blood samples to achieve more favorable test results, though it knew that the human immune system would never produce such antibodies, and that the antibodies created a laboratory testing scenario that “did not in any way correspond to, correlate with,or represent real life… virus neutralization in vaccinated people,” according to the complaint.

    In 2012, Chatom Primary Care, which is based in Alabama, and two individual physicians – all buyers of the Merck mumps vaccine– filed a proposed antitrust class action based on allegations in the whistleblowers’ suit. The two cases are now being coordinated before Sitarski and U.S. District Judge C. Darnell Jones, said Reuters.

    Court filings: Chatham Lawsuit-http://www(dot)naturalnews.com/gallery/documents/Chatom-Lawsuit-Merck-Mumps.pdf
    Reuters News:
    Merck accused of stonewalling in mumps vaccine antitrust lawsuit: http://www.reuters(dot)com/article/health-vaccine-idUSL1N0YQ0W820150604
    -UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA United States of America ex rel., Stephen A Krahling and Joan A Wlochowski, AMENDED
    ACT FILED Merck & Co.inc . Defendant
    Class Says Merck Lied About Mumps Vaccine By REUBEN KRAMER
    -Memorandum issued by Judge explaining his ruling.

    As posted earlier many young adults are getting mumps because they didn’t experience them as children. Childhood illnesses area called childhood because these illnesses prime and strengthen the immune system against other disease in adulthood. There are hundreds of studies that confirm this. Mumps in adults can cause more harm. In children it’s an uncomfortable and irritating illness but if it’s an endemic strain the child is infected by they will have lifelong immunity. If the child has been infected by a vaccine strain than re-infection is possible because it doesn’t impart immunity.

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