Concern over mumps; two confirmed cases in SD&G, PR

CORNWALL – With more cases of mumps showing up across the province, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit is out with a warning today (Wednesday).

Also with its advisory today, the EOHU said there have been two confirmed cases in the five eastern counties (SD&G, Prescott-Russell) since the beginning of the year.

There are 42 confirmed or probable mumps cases in Ontario so far in 2017 compared to 40 for the entire year in 2016.

Those who contract the mumps virus will have pain in the salivary glands, fever, headache, muscle pain, fatigue and loss of appetite and the symptoms can last for a week-and-a-half.

The best course of action to reduce your risk of getting mumps, is to have two doses of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine – available at the health unit or your doctor.

The virus is spread through droplets in the air, from coughing or sneezing by an infected person, or from direct contact with an infected person.