NHL Mumps Outbreak: What's Up With The Vaccine?

December 16, 2014 5:14 PM

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NHL Mumps Outbreak: What's Up With The Vaccine?

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. Though his symptoms could be the flu or another illness, a positive mumps result would make him the second Penguin to contract the viral infection after the league’s biggest star, Sidney Crosby, whose illness was announced Sunday.

Mumps symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite before the salivary glands swell up, leading to the large characteristic lumps on either side of a person’s neck and jaw that give the disease its name. There is no cure or treatment for mumps, which clears up in one ...

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