The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit says there are five cases of the Mumps in Collingwood.
The Health Unit’s Program Manager of Infectious Diseases Jillian Fenik says the disease is easy to spot, “”Symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, muscle pain, tiredness, loss of appetite. And the significant one is swollen and painful glands around the ears.”
“You get immunized.”Jillian Fenik, Program Manager of Infectious Diseases, SMDHU
Fenik went on to say there is one sure-fire way to protect against the disease. “You get immunized. People are immunized at about one year, with the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, and as well as again at about four or six. The two doses will protect against the mumps, it is considered lifelong protection.”
While those five infected with the disease were all under the age of ten, Fenik says the disease doesn’t discriminate based on age, only on whether you’ve had the shots, “People who are not immunized are more at risk of getting mumps.”
Those who have contracted the disease are being asked to self-isolate to protect the general public, as it is passed through saliva. Sneezing, coughing and the like would pass it on. The children infected are said to have not received vaccinations against mumps.
The vaccine is publically funded and is free in Ontario.