You may have heard the recent news stories from across Canada about mumps outbreaks, but now the Eastern Ontario Health Unit is warning the public about increased mumps activity throughout Ontario.
The Health Unit has seen two confirmed cases of mumps in its jurisdiction since the beginning of 2017. Across Ontario, there have been 42 cases of confirmed and probable mumps for 2017, compared to 40 cases for all of 2016.
Don’t know how to identify mumps?
Signs and symptoms include swelling and pain in one or more salivary glands, fever, headache, myalgia (muscle pain), fatigue and anorexia (loss of appetite).
These symptoms can last up to 10 days.
Mumps is a highly contagious disease spread through droplets in the air or direct contact with an infected person. Individuals displaying symptoms should therefore call their healthcare provider.
The EOHU recommends getting vaccinated to reduce the risk of getting mumps. It also reduces the risk of complications in individuals who contract the disease. Anyone born in 1970 or later should receive two doses of the MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) vaccine.
If you have any questions, concerns, or need to report a case of the mumps – call 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120 and ask for Health Line, or visit www.EOHU.ca.