Although the Manitoba health officials have tried to contain the recent mumps outbreak, it would seem that the disease continues to spread throughout the city like wildfire. An official report drafted at the end of September showed that the number of patients diagnosed with this highly infectious condition has risen to 176. As part of the on-going mumps prevention campaign, the Manitoba health officials have instructed parents, schools teachers, and other how to recognize the disease’s symptoms.
The Manitoba Health, Seniors, and Active Living has just updated its guidelines regarding how to recognize patients infected with the mumps. Although the mumps is considered to be a childhood disease, even adults can get infected.
According to the medical literature, the adult form of the mumps is considered to be much more dangerous compared to child mumps, since the condition can bring about severe symptoms such as brain infections, testicular swelling, deafness, pancreatitis, ovarian swelling, and even infertility.
The symptoms associated with this condition are muscle pains, fever, headaches, and tiredness. According to the health specialists, in most cases, the condition can be easily identified by its distinctive mark – swelling of the parotid salivary glands.
However, recent research has proved that approximately 20 percent of patients who were infected with the mumps virus are asymptomatic, while more than 50 percent experience breathing issues.
The first symptoms of the disease generally start to emerge 12 to 25 days after the patient was exposed to a carrier. However, if the first symptoms of the disease are picked up on time, the patient has great chances of making a complete recovery in three to ten days.
As part of their on-going mumps prevention campaign, the Manitoba health authorities have provided a few tips on how you can protect against the disease. First of all, you have to keep in mind that mumps is a highly contagious condition, which means that the virus can be transmitted through sneezes or simply by touching an object previously handled by a person carrying the virus.
Furthermore, the health specialists recommended that we avoid any type of contact with a patient infected with the mumps virus and to refrain from sharing drinks and food. At the moment, the Canadian authorities are debating the perspective of a third inoculation with a team of US health specialists.
However, at the moment, a third inoculation campaign is out of the question, as the specialists said that the side effects couldnot be predicted.
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