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Mumps Outbreak in the NHL

December 11, 2014
Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on The Measles Outbreak Coming Near You. Today we’re learning about another outbreak of a vaccine-preventable illness, this time hitting the National Hockey League. MyFoxNY reports that a mumps outbreak is affecting several NHL teams, with at least 9 players infected since November, five of them with the Minnesota Wild Wings. The latest teams with reported cases are the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils.

MyFoxNY reports:
The NHL has been working with team doctors in an effort to avoid spreading the virus in the locker room. Teams have been offering immunization boosters since last month.

While it rare for there to be widespread mumps outbreaks, there have been four outbreaks reported at U.S. universities this year, including one at Fordham University in New York City.

In 2013, the CDC says there were 438 mumps cases in 39 states.

Read the full article here.