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Toronto Public Health (TPH)’s recent investigation had confirmed the cases of Mumps virus in Toronto had risen from 28 early in the month to 43 as of March 15, media reports said.
Most of the people between the ages of 18-35 years were infected with this virus but four infected cases were related to schools in Toronto, either among staff or students.
With the upsurge of Mumps in Toronto, TPH is teaching people about the virus symptoms, its preventive measures, and about the vaccination records and procedures.
TPH advises every one to have their vaccination records updated.
Mumps is contaminated through saliva and respiratory drops, which includes coughs and sneezes and affects the salivary glands.
Common symptoms of mumps are: swelling cheeks and jaws accompanied by pain, fever, headache, muscle aches, appetite loss and feeling tired.
Anyone having these symptoms should visit their family physicians. If not able to go the family doctor they can visit the website: ehealthontario.on which gives important tips for further action.
Anyone with above symptoms should keep themselves away from attending school or work, day cares, abstain from participating in group activities, sharing food, drinks, cigarettes, water bottles, or kissing others and should avoid having visitors for five days,
The confirmation of Mumps can be done only with a blood test, a urine test and a swab of the throat or salivary gland and hence going to the family doctor is recommended
Symptoms are visible only after 12 to 25 days after infection and last for up to 10 days.
TPL has been advocating that all people born between 1970 and 1992 should get booster vaccination.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Image of a person with Mumps: Wikipedia