• By Dana Sparks

Mumps Outbreak in the NHL?

December 17, 2014

Mumps is often thought to be a childhood disease but in a recent article reporter Tara Haelle says, "The number of NHL hockey players diagnosed with the mumps may rise to 14 soon, depending on the test results that come back for Pittsburgh Penguins forward Beau Bennett." Mayo Clinic vaccine expert Gregory Poland, M.D., explains in the same article one factor could be some players never received a second vaccine dose. Read more in Forbes.


Some people infected with the mumps virus have either no signs or symptoms or very mild ones. When signs and symptoms do develop, they usually appear about two to three weeks after exposure to the virus and may include:Young Toddler with Mumps

  • Swollen, painful salivary glands on one or both sides of face
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain while chewing or swallowing

The primary — and best known — sign of mumps is swollen salivary glands that cause the cheeks to puff out. In fact, the term "mumps" is an old expression for lumps or bumps within the cheeks.

More about causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention on mayoclinic.org.


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