Monday afternoon, Arkansas’ athletic department released a statement addressing a recent outbreak of the mumps, at least nine at the time, on the university’s campus.
Consistent with a recommendation made by the Arkansas Department of Health for all University of Arkansas students and in conjunction with University efforts in response to diagnosed cases of Mumps on campus, Razorback Athletics is providing its student-athletes, coaches and staff access to an additional dose of MMR vaccine. While student-athletes may or may not have been personally exposed to those individuals with confirmed cases, their daily interaction with others on campus, including other student-athletes, poses the possibility such exposure could adversely impact their health and well being. Razorback Athletics remains committed to maintaining the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our student-athletes, coaches and staff members.
Friday, the Arkansas football team will face Missouri in the season finale for both programs. Ahead of that matchup, an Arkansas radio personality tweeted Tuesday night that a “significant” number of Razorbacks football players have contracted the mumps; what that would mean, if accurate, for this week’s game is unclear.