The Eastern Ontario Health Unit says there have been two confirmed cases of the mumps within its jurisdiction so far in 2017, and 42 confirmed or probable cases so far across Ontario, up from 40 cases in all of 2016.
Symptoms, according to the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, include: swelling and pain in one or more salivary glands, fever, headache, muscle pain, fatigue and loss of appetite. Symptoms can last up to 10 days.
The health unit says anyone born in 1970 or later should receive two doses of the MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) vaccine, which reduces the risk of getting mumps and also reduces the risk of complications for people who do contract the disease. People born between 1970 and 1992 may have only received one dose of the vaccine, so the health unit recommends that people born within that period check their vaccination record. Those who only recieved one dose can get a booster from a doctor or at the EOHU.
The health unit describes mumps as “highly contagious” and recommends that people with symptoms of the disease contact their doctor. For more information, call 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120 and ask for Health Line, or visit www.EOHU.ca.