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With the increase of mumps infection in Toronto, Toronto Public Health (TPH) is educating people ways to prevent the spread of the disease, media reports said.
Two more cases from the Toronto District School Board tested positive for the virus and the total number of confirmed cased grew to 28 Tuesday, CityNews reports said.
It was found by TPH’s investigation last month that most people infected with the virus were 18 to 35 years old, and either lived or attended bars downtown.
Mumps is a virus that affects the salivary glands and is contaminated from through saliva and respiratory drops, including coughs and sneezes.
Common symptoms include: Swelling and pain on sides of the cheeks and jaw, fever, headache, muscle aches, loss of appetite and tiredness.
TPH advises that anyone with symptoms following any swelling should abstain from attending daycare, school or work, participating in group activities, and having visitors for five days, sharing food, drinks, cigarettes, water bottles, or kissing others.
Anyone with above symptoms should immediately contact their family physician or alternatively visit the site ehealthontario.on which recommends further actions to be taken.
Mumps is only confirmed with a blood test, a urine test and a swab of the throat or salivary gland.
Symptoms are visible only after 12 to 25 days after infection and last for up to 10 days.
TPH recommends a booster dose for people born between 1970 and 1992.
(Reported by Asha Bajaj)
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