We are up to 43 confirmed cases of the Mumps in Toronto so Toronto Public Health is reminding everyone to be cautious when hitting the bars for St. Patrick’s Day. Bars have been linked to multiple reported cases. Toronto’s associate medical officer of health Vinita Dubey says, “Toronto bars themselves are not of concern. It is the people who go to bars and may be contagious and can potentially spread the virus in crowded situations.” People should keep an eye out for symptoms and should stay away from sharing food and drinks. “Anyone who is sick should stay home”, Dubey said.
The Mumps are spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing and coming into contact with a person’s saliva by sharing drinks or utensils or by kissing. To read more about the Mumps in Toronto, visit: Toronto Public Health.
Toronto Public Health is asking the public to take the following general precautions:
1) Check vaccination records for you and your child
Two doses of mumps vaccine (MMR, MMRV) are recommended for all individuals born in 1970 or later.
Children receive one dose after the first birthday (MMR) and a second dose at 4 to 6 years of age as part of Ontario’s Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule; check your child’s yellow immunization card.
Individuals born between 1970 and 1992 may have received only one dose as a child. If an adult is unsure about their vaccinations or has only received one dose of mumps-containing vaccine, a booster dose is recommended.
2) Watch for symptoms of mumps. The mumps infection causes fever, swelling of one or more salivary glands, loss of appetite, tiredness, and headache. If you or your child have symptoms of the mumps and are ill, please contact your health care provider and do not attend work or school.
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