Notice: Exhibitor Tests Positive for Mumps; Convention Activities to Continue as Scheduled
Public health officials confirm risk of transmission to others is low
INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Nov. 1, 2019/National FFA Organization) – The Indiana State Department of Health and Marion County Public Health Department have notified the National FFA Organization that an exhibitor at the 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo has tested positive for the mumps. In consultation with public health officials, FFA has determined the all convention and expo events can continue as scheduled.
While there is a low risk of contracting the mumps, FFA is taking the appropriate steps to protect the well-being of participants out of an abundance of caution, in partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health and the Marion County Public Health Department. The Indiana State Department of Health has also notified the appropriate public health officials in each state and continues to monitor the situation.
The worker, who is no longer present at convention venues or attendee facilities, exhibited in the FFA Blue Room in the Indiana Convention Center on Oct. 30 and the morning of Oct. 31.
FFA will continue to monitor the situation and will share additional information if necessary. For more information about the mumps, the Indiana State Department of Health’s informational page offers Quick Facts and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to more than 700,000 student members who belong to one of the more than 8,600 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by more than 8 million alumni and supporters throughout the U.S.
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About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of more than 700,000 student members as part of 8,600 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter, and the official news page of the National FFA Organization.
About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations, and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders, and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees composed of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.