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Crosby Out with Mumps; Pens Being Cautious

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will be out at least one more game while he recovers from the mumps. He is being quarantined in isolation for a five-day period, per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.

Crosby, who missed the team's two games over the weekend, is still being evaluated daily.

“It came about as a bit of a surprise to us,” head team physician Dr. Dharmesh Vyas said Sunday afternoon. “Every indication was that he was well protected against the disease.”

Crosby was given immunization and given a booster shot prior to leaving for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February. He was also given immunization two weeks ago, along with the entire team, due to the outbreak of mumps in the NHL.

Crosby suffered an injury to his salivary gland Nov. 29 against Carolina. He was given medication for the swelling (Dr. Vyas does not believe the injury and the mumps diagnosis are related). When the medication was stopped, the right side of his face swelled up. Crosby was held out of practice Thursday and tested again for mumps. Those test results came back negative.

Crosby rejoined the team Friday morning for their game day skate and planned on playing that night.

"That decision was approved (by the medical staff) that he could (skate Friday)," Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said.

However, the swelling worsened after the skate. Though he wasn’t showing any other symptoms typical of the mumps such as fever, chills or body aches, the Pens sent Crosby’s DNA to the CDC for further testing and held him out of the weekend’s back-to-back games as a precaution.

“His condition worsened from (Thursday),” Vyas said. “As soon as we noted that, that’s when we sent off additional samples.”

The CDC test results came back Saturday evening positive for mumps.

“This is a rapidly evolving process,” Vyas said. “We try to do as much testing as possible and try to stay ahead of it with all the different tests that are available to us.”

The team will monitor Crosby’s teammates and other Pens staff. If any of them develop symptoms – fever, chills, body aches, malaise, difficulty swallowing – they’ll be tested.

“We’ll continue to maintain a high level of vigilance on this,” Vyas said.

Illness Timeline

Pre-Winter Olympics, 2014

Crosby is given immunization and a booster shot to protect against diseases, including the mumps, prior to leaving for Sochi, Russia.

Nov. 24-28

Entire Penguins team was immunized and tested for mumps as an outbreak continues to grow in the NHL.

Nov. 29 vs. Carolina

Crosby suffered an injury to the right side of his neck – the salivary gland. He was tested with a CT scan and for mumps. All blood tests came back negative. Was given medication to bring swelling down.

Dec. 10-11

When medication for the salivary gland was stopped, Crosby developed swelling next to the injured area. Another series of tests, including mumps, were conducted. The tests showed no indication of an infection.

Crosby showed no symptoms of mumps such as fever, chills or generalized body aches.

Dec. 12 vs. Calgary

Crosby’s swelling and condition worsened. Crosby’s DNA was sent to the CDC for a sophisticated test. He was held out of the game until the CDC test results come back.

Dec. 13 at Columbus

Crosby’s CDC test results came back positive for mumps.

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