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Manitoba, Apr 11 (Canadian-Media): The spike in mumps outbreak had spread to Manitoba's north with 100 new cases and Richard Rusk, Provincial medical officer of health said the number in Manitoba could hit 600 before the disappearance of Mumps, media reports said.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) stated that Mumps is a highly contagious viral disease that passes easily from person to person.
Dr Richard Rusk: Courtesy CBCNews
The most common symptom of mumps, according to PHAC, is swelling of the glands that produce saliva which can make the cheek or neck bulge out on one or both sides. Sometimes the virus can cause more serious complications like hearing loss or swelling of other glands, including testicles.
The best way to prevent an infection, continued PHAC, is to be vaccinated with the mumps vaccine, which is given in combination with the measles and rubella vaccines as part of routine childhood vaccination programs.
If you develop symptoms of mumps, advised PHAC, particularly swelling of the cheeks or neck, you should consult your health care provider immediately by calling ahead to ensure that others are not expose . The agency added that all vaccinations should be up to date.
Manitoba had seen a rise of almost 100 more cases in the last month.
It was the seventh month of the outbreak of Mumps in Manitoba. In other provinces, such as Alberta and Nova Scotia, the outbreak had lasted from seven to 12 months, Rusk said.
As of April 7, there had been 290 confirmed cases of mumps since Sept. 1, 2016, the highest number in two decades.
Although the number of confirmed cases, said Rusk, were rising in the North, the numbers in Winnipeg and rural regions continued to decrease.
Rusk said he was encouraged that there were no new reports of complications such as deafness, encephalitis, meningitis and sterility, which he had seen in earlier the outbreak.
People were being reminded again and again to get immunized.
A meeting scheduled to be held this Thursday would analyze the most recent data of how many people who got mumps had been vaccinated earlier.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)