Jets taking precautions after mumps outbreak in the NHL

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Winnipeg Jets are aware of the recent diagnosis of mumps among NHL players, and possibly officials, as they head into a weekend playing one of the teams affected.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Winnipeg Jets are aware of the recent diagnosis of mumps among NHL players, and possibly officials, as they head into a weekend playing one of the teams affected.

Jets team spokesman Scott Brown said today the club will be taking the proper precautions and will be conferring on preventative measures with their hosts when they visit the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. The Wild, Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues have been affected by mumps.

Brown said that the Jets carry with them on the road a portable ozone machine that disinfects their dressing room. Other issues, like sharing water bottles and towels, will be closely monitored in the coming days.

Michael Dwyer / Associated Press files Minnesota Wild defenceman Marco Scandella is out with mumps symptoms.

Brown also said the team and the club’s staff will be offered mumps vaccinations when they return to Winnipeg after Sunday’s game against the Wild.

The symptoms of mumps can take two to three weeks to show themselves. Right now, the Wild have Marco Scandella and Jonas Brodin out with mumps symptoms.

Defenceman Keith Ballard was diagnosed with mumps and missed eight games, while defenceman Christian Folin missed five games with similar symptoms.

In Anaheim, Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin have been diagnosed with the mumps.

NHL officials Eric Furlatt and Steve Miller have also been affected after working games in Anaheim.

The NHL has been monitoring the outbreak of mumps since it first surfaced in Anaheim last month. The league has an “infection control subcommittee” dealing with the matter. It’s comprised of team physicians and trainers that collaborate not only to send the most up-to-day information to teams on treatments, but also proactive and preventative steps which can be taken. The league has prepared a package of information that’s being shared with all teams.

The Jets arrived in Nashville Thursday night after their 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Winnipeg’s game against the Predators goes Saturday at 6 p.m. (City, TSN1290) and the Sunday contest in St. Paul, Minn. is at 4 p.m. (TSN3, TSN1290).

 

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

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