Arkansas mumps outbreak now over 800

The Arkansas Department of Health increased its mumps outbreak case count to 806 on Thursday, marking an increase from the 695 cases reported Monday.

The count includes both laboratory confirmed cases and cases currently under investigation. The outbreak has affected more than 30 schools in the northwest region of the state.

The mumps are best known for painful, swollen salivary glands that cause puffy cheeks and swollen jaw. It is a highly communicable disease transmitted by person-to-person contact and is typically accompanied by initial symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite.

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