Vancouver, B.C. - The Vancouver Canucks confirmed today that several players have presented with symptoms of mumps with one confirmed diagnosis. The team has worked from the outset with the Vancouver Health Authority, NHL, NHLPA and BC Centre for Disease Control to minimize transmission of the illness.
In keeping with BC Centre of Disease Control and Vancouver Coastal Health guidelines, players presenting symptoms are immediately being tested and quarantined in isolation for a five-day period from the onset of symptoms or until test results prove negative. Vaccines are also being administered to minimize further risk of contraction along with universal preventative hygiene measures as recommended by Vancouver Coastal Health including disinfecting all dressing room areas.
"We're taking this very seriously given how easily mumps can spread," said Canucks General Manager, Jim Benning. "At this point Troy Stecher is the only player with a confirmed test result. Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund have each presented symptoms. We'll continue to follow all protocols in accordance with Vancouver Coastal Health guidelines in order to prevent further infection."
Vancouver Coastal Health authorities will be on hand at Rogers Arena today to screen players and staff and immunize those who need it.
Mumps is a virus that causes swollen and tender glands, particularly the salivary gland. It also causes flu-like symptoms such as fever and body aches. Mumps is spread through respiratory droplets of saliva and mucus from the nose, mouth and throat and can be present in a person for up to two weeks before symptoms arise.
Anyone who has reason to believe they present symptoms of mumps are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider or public health office for assistance. Further information is available at Vancouver Coastal Health www.vch.ca.