A small mumps outbreak is affecting pockets of people in the province. A few schools through parts of province have had students who experienced the mumps raising concerns among residents. The mumps is an extremely contagious viral infection of the salivary glands that most commonly affects children and young adults. It can be transmitted in the same ways that a cold or flu can be transmitted.
Dr. Ryan Sommers, Medical Officer of Health for Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou counties says a mumps outbreak every couple years is not uncommon. Sommers says some people may think they are vaccinated from mumps, but they should consult their doctor:
Sommers says if you do have symptoms encourage people to seek medical care or call 811. If you have been diagnosed, stay away from work or school and get vaccinated if you haven’t already been.