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Mumps Outbreak at the University of Manitoba; Nine Confirmed Cases

October 20, 2016 9:49 AM | News

University of Manitoba

University of Manitoba (UMANITOBA.CA)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba has confirmed nine cases of mumps since September 1.

Health officials say the majority of the cases are students at the University of Manitoba, but they haven’t been hospitalized.

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is investigating each case and identifying contacts, where some of those infected will be offered immunization.

Individuals with mumps will be asked to restrict their contact with others to reduce the possible spread of the virus. Public health officials will continue to monitor the situation in Manitoba and will provide updated information as necessary.

Mumps is spread on to others when an infected person passes fluids from the mouth and nose to another by sharing drinks, food or cigarettes; by kissing; by coughing or sneezing within a few feet of another person. Most cases are mild and the virus lasts about one to two weeks. Key symptoms include swelling and pain in one or more salivary glands, usually on both sides of the face, and fever.

The average number of cases of mumps per year in the province is typically four to five.

People who think they might have mumps, or have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with mumps, should phone their health-care provider or phone Health Links–Info Santé at (204) 788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257.