Mumps Outbreak in Whistler
Vancouver Coastal Health reports a Mumps outbreak in Whistler with 15 lab confirmed cases in young adults.
Mumps is a virus spread by saliva and respiratory droplets. Because of the way the virus is spread, young adults are advised to observe good hygiene (hand washing , coughing technique) and not to share:
- Cigarettes or marijuana joints
- Water bottles
- Eating utensils
Vancouver Coastal Health’s Whistler staff is actively immunizing young adults with a second dose (booster shot) of Mumps vaccine. It is important that young adults, even those who had childhood shots, receive a booster shot.
The booster shots are free, even for non-residents. Please refer to the latest press releases from Vancouver Coastal here for updates on vaccination clinics.
If you have any of the following symptoms, please stay home and call the Whistler Health Care Centre at 604-932-3202:
- Swelling of your salivary glands and/or
- Fever, headache, tiredness, muscle pain