AHS says 38 cases of mumps reported in province

By CHAT News Today
March 14, 2017 - 11:30am Updated: March 14, 2017 - 7:19pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB — The mumps virus continues to spread in Alberta.

In the past week, Alberta Heath Services has reported eight new cases of the virus, bringing the total number of cases to 38.

This is a sharp increase from 2016, where only eight cases were reported throughout the province.

The majority of the cases have been reported in Medicine Hat and Edmonton. Outbreaks have been declared in both regions.

The initial symptoms of mumps include swollen cheeks and neck, and a fever. The virus is spread through coughing, sneezing and coming into contact with an infected person’s saliva through sharing drinks or utensils or by kissing.

Mumps is preventable with a vaccine.

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