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What you need to know about the mumps

Toronto Public Health is currently investigating an outbreak of mumps in the city, a virus found in saliva and respiratory droplets that is spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing, and coming into contact with a person’s saliva by sharing drinks or utensils, food or water bottles, or by kissing.

Here are two key things to know about mumps from Dr. Jennie Johnstone, Infection Control Officer.

How will I know if I have the mumps?
Symptoms of mumps may include swelling and pain of the salivary glands (found in the sides of your cheeks), fever, loss of appetite, fatigue and headache. Some people infected with mumps only have cold-like symptoms. Symptoms can last up to 10 days and develop 12-25 days after exposure.

What should I do if I have the mumps?
Call or see your healthcare provider if you think you may have the mumps, or if you have been in contact with someone who has the mumps. It’s important to tell your healthcare provider that you think you have the mumps before going to see them — this will help them prepare for your visit and protect other patients.

To learn more, visit Toronto Public Health’s website.

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