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TIGERS INCLUDED IN MUMPS DIAGNOSIS

Medicine Hat, AB – Medicine Hat Community Health Services officials confirmed today that two members of the Medicine Hat Tigers organization have been diagnosed with mumps.

The Western Hockey League and Medicine Hat Tigers immediately engaged Medicine Hat Community Health Services and will continue to work alongside the organization in an effort to ensure the immediate and future health of all players and staff. Tigers’ staff quickly quarantined and sanitized all dressing room areas and player equipment in order to prevent any further spread of the virus.

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.

Should you or your family have reason to believe you may be infected, please contact your healthcare provider or public health office for assistance. Please establish contact via telephone to alert the clinic so adequate precautions may be taken to prevent the potential spread of the virus.

In Medicine Hat, contact your healthcare provider or Medicine Hat Community Health Services at 403-502-8200.

To help prevent the spread of the mumps virus, Alberta Health Services advises people to wash their hands with soap and water regularly, or to use hand sanitizer whenever possible.

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