A Pocahontas high school student has a confirmed case of mumps.

The Arkansas Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of Mumps in Arkansas. As of 2/2/2017 there were 2,709 cases under investigation in Arkansas.

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, followed by swollen salivary glands. You can protect yourself and your family against mumps with vaccination.

The following news release from Pocahontas School District….

The Pocahontas School District has been notified today, by the Arkansas Department of Health, that a high school student in the district has a confirmed case of the mumps.The district will work in collaboration with the Department of Health to provide information and guidance to parents regarding the virus.

Per instructions from the Health Department, a letter will be sent home to parents of high school students and/or parents of students who ride the same bus as the student with the confirmed case of mumps.This letter will provide specific information and guidance to parents.

The primary goal of the district is to ensure the health and wellness of our students and staff.Parents may contact their child’s school nurse with specific questions related to their child and/or the virus.