Preventing Mumps

university-of-winnipeg staff photo

university-of-winnipeg staff photo

Provincial public health officials confirm more mumps cases have been reported in Manitoba than usual, with the majority of cases affecting young adults.
Although there can be rare complications from mumps, most cases are mild, with full recovery in one to two weeks.

Key symptoms include:

  • swelling and pain in one or more salivary glands, usually on both sides of the face
  • fever

To reduce the spread of mumps:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • avoid sharing drinking glasses or eating utensils
  • cover coughs and sneezes with the forearm or a tissue
  • stay home when sick

The mumps virus is passed to others through fluids from the mouth by sharing drinks, food or cigarettes; by kissing; by coughing or sneezing within a metre of another person.

The mumps virus spreads two to three days before and four to five days after symptoms appear. Some people infected with mumps may not have any symptoms at all, but can still spread the virus to other people.

Check with your regular doctor or Klinic Health Services (Wellness Centre on campus Main floor Duckworth, 204-786-9496) to see if you have been vaccinated for mumps or to get your vaccinations up to date.

SOURCE: Province of Manitoba

CAMPUS WELLNESS CENTRE

If you have symptoms or further questions about mumps, you can visit Klinic on Campus at:

First floor of Duckworth Centre, 1D25.
Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Klinic on Campus: 204-786-9496
Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200

 

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