NHL Trying to Contain Mumps Outbreak

Mumps diagnosed in 15 NHL players, including Sidney Crosby

The mumps is most often seen in children, but the virus has made its way into the NHL.

The NHL’s mumps outbreak started in Anaheim, and has affected 15 players and two referees, according to USA Today.

Notable players diagnosed with mumps include Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks and Sidney Crosby of the Penguins.

The NHL players most recently diagnosed with mumps are Beau Bennet of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Derrik Brassard of the New York Rangers. More players are currently being tested.

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by the mumps virus. Mumps typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite, and is followed by swelling of salivary glands. America has been immunizing infants since 1967, though immunity from mumps dissipates over time.

Spreading of the virus can be prevented through use of hand sanitizers and by avoiding sharing personal items like water bottles.

NHL players from the Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins have been diagnosed with mumps.

In response to the outbreak, the NHL is postponing their annual holiday visits to hospitals.