Mumps virus back with new outbreak in Lower Mainland

Contagious illness attacks the glands, up-to-date vaccinations urged

An outbreak of mumps is underway across the Lower Mainland, affecting mainly young adults.

The B.C. Centre For Disease Control says it’s the first sizable mumps outrbreak since 2008 and extends across both the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser health regions.

The centre urges the public to ensure their vaccinations are up to date.

The BCCDC says many people in their late teens or early 20s haven’t had a second dose of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, which is recommended for anyone born after 1970.

The virus attacks the glands but it can be considerably worse than the classic sore throat and swollen chipmunk cheeks typically experienced by children.

Adults after puberty – particularly university students – can be hardest hit.

Men can suffer severely swollen testicles that may shrink permanently when the infection ends, causing fertility problems.

Salivary glands, ovaries, breasts and the pancreas can also be infected.

In rare cases, brain inflammation can kill.

Mumps spreads through coughing and sneezing but also direct contact such as kissing or sharing utensils or water bottles.

A third of people infected with mumps have no symptoms, another third experience cold-like symptoms, while the remaining third get tell-tale glandular inflammations.

Those most at risk are people who have never been vaccinated or who were vaccinated long ago.

Anyone who suspects they have mumps should phone a doctor or Health Link BC at 811 and avoid going to a clinic or ER where they may spread the virus to others.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: A one-person Terry Fox walk by Langley City resident

Lois Mcleay didn’t have to worry about social distancing

VIDEO: gunshots fired outside Langley gas station

Two people involved left scene uninjured, police said

B.C. families financially affected by pandemic eligible for grocery gift cards

Program open to struggling families in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley communities

VIDEO: Art in the time of COVID: how a Langley exhibition managed it

Holding the charitable event depended on which phase of restrictions were in effect

Three TWU grads named to first ‘Fellows’ program at Langley-based university

Program selects promising recent graduates to participate in a year-long paid internship

B.C. or Ontario? Residential school survivors fight move of court battle

It’s now up to Ontario’s Court of Appeal to sort out the venue question

B.C. transportation minister will not seek re-election

Claire Trevena has held the position since 2017

Young B.C. cancer survivor rides 105-km with Terry Fox’s brother

Jacob Bredenhof and Darrell Fox’s cycling trek raises almost $90,000 for cancer research

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

Ferry riders say lower fares are what’s most needed to improve service

Provincial government announces findings of public engagement process

Air quality advisory ends for the Lower Mainland

It had been in effect since Sept. 8

Most Read