Canucks checked for mumps
VCH Public Health has been working with the Vancouver Canucks on a mumps outbreak. Several Canucks players and staff, and others in the community have been confirmed with having the highly contagious viral illness.
The Canucks announced last week that several players and staff were ill. Troy Stecher, Michael Chaput, Nikita Tryamkin and Christopher Tanev had the illness. Nurses screened and vaccinated players and staff, and looked into how the outbreak began.
“We have not been able to identify a specific exposure, but we think that the team was exposed at the same time, in early February,” says Dr. Réka Gustafson, medical health officer. “There has been mumps activity both locally and across North America in recent weeks.”
The mumps vaccine is 88% effective in preventing illness after two doses, and 78% after one dose. Outbreaks can occur in immunized groups who live and work in close proximity–college campuses sports teams etc, but those outbreaks are much smaller if people are immunized.
“I didn’t have any symptoms,” says 22 year old Canucks defenceman Troy Stecher. “Thankfully the doctors said maybe the vaccination shots when I was a kid kind of fought all of them. So I know you can feel sick and have dry mouth and drowsiness and no appetite, but I didn’t have any of that. I felt completely normal except for I had a fat face and was contagious. So honestly, it wasn’t the worst thing to go through but I know a lot of guys had it a lot worse than I did.”
For more info about the illness visit the VCH website.