Confirmed case of mumps in Niagara

Niagara Region Public Health has identified the first infection of mumps in Niagara.

Mumps is a viral infection of the salivary glands, that is spread person-to-person through coughing, sneezing, talking or coming into contact with a person’s saliva (i.e. sharing drinks and food, kissing). 

 Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Swelling and pain in one or more salivary glands (sides of cheeks and jaw)
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue

If you think you may have mumps and need to see a doctor, you must call ahead to the doctor’s office, walk-in clinic, or emergency department. This will allow health care staff to prepare appropriately.

Since mumps is now circulating in Niagara, and easily spreads from person to person, Public Health is urging all residents to have their vaccination up to date:

Children

2 doses:

  • 1st dose given on or after child's first birthday
  • 2nd dose given between ages four and six years
Adults
  • One dose should be given if not protected against measles, mumps, or rubella (i.e. if did not have all three infections earlier in life)
  • 2 doses of MMR for health care workers, military personnel or students in post-secondary school
Pregnant Women
  • Should receive MMR vaccine as soon as they are no longer pregnant if not immune to rubella OR have not received 2 doses of MMR and are not immune
Travellers

If travelling outside North America:
  • 2 doses if born in 1970 or later
  • 1 dose if born before 1970

Vaccinations are available through your doctor, walk-in clinic or a Public Health clinic.

For more information about mumps or to find a Public Health clinic, please visit www.niagararegion.ca/health, call 905-688-8248 ext. 7330, or 1-888-505-6074.

Contact

Dr. Mustafa Hirji
Niagara Region Public Health
905-688-8248 ext. 7466
mustafa.hirji@niagararegion.ca


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