Important Health Notice

Dear members;

Today, we received notice that a pool member has been diagnosed with a suspected case of the mumps. The case still hasn’t been confirmed, as it can take up to 5-10 days to receive positive test results. We are sending you this notice and information link from the Québec Government’s Health and Wellness Portal. Please read both pieces of information as a precautionary measure.

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus and characterised by swelling of the salivary glands. Mumps is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes near you, or by sharing food or drinks.

Symptoms may include swelling and pain in the jaw (one or both cheeks may look swollen), fever, headache, earache, tiredness, aching muscles and joints, sore throat, and pain when swallowing or opening your mouth, poor appetite and vomiting. It usually takes two to three weeks for symptoms to appear after you have been exposed to the virus. If you have any of the above symptoms, please see a healthcare provider such as a family doctor. Mumps can be diagnosed by a lab test done on a swab taken from the cheek and/or from a urine sample.

For more serious symptoms, such as a stiff neck or a severe headache, painful testicles, or severe belly pain, please see a healthcare provider immediately.

There is no treatment for mumps. Most healthy people recover on their own within 3 to 10 days.

The best protection against mumps is vaccination. Most people are already protected by two shots of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine. If you have not received two shots, or if you are unsure of your immunisation history please consult with your family doctor.

If you have questions, please dial 811 for Info Santé and ask to speak with a Public Health Nurse. Dialling 811 promptly puts you in contact with a nurse in case of a non-urgent health issue. Info-Santé 811 nurses give advice and may answer health-related questions. When necessary, they may also direct you to a resource in the health network.