Possible mumps outbreak hits NHL's Canucks

Troy Stecher, a defenseman for the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks, has been diagnosed with the mumps. Three other players on the team have displayed symptoms of the virus, according to a report from the Associated Press relayed by USA Today.

The players displaying symptoms of the virus were tested for the virus and will be quarantined for a period of at least five-days until the tests return.

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"We're taking this very seriously given how easily mumps can spread," said Canuck's General Manager Jim Benning in a statement, according to the report.

The mumps are best known for painful, swollen salivary glands that cause puffy cheeks and swollen jaw. It is a highly communicable disease transmitted by person-to-person contact and is typically accompanied by initial symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite.

Two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine are 88 percent effective at preventing the mumps, according to the CDC.

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