Health officials are urging those living in Whistler to make sure their mumps vaccinations are up to date after an outbreak among young adults.
Vancouver Coastal Health Medical Health Officer Dr. Paul Martiquet says eleven cases of the mumps have been reported in Whistler, a tourist town populated by foreign workers.
“Some of them aren’t up to date with their immunization status, as a result, we’ve had mumps out breaks. In the past, last one is 2011. We are advising everyone who was born after 1970 to make sure they are immunized, and to make sure they’ve had two doses of the vaccine – not just one.”
The highly contagious viral infection causes fever and swelling of the salivary glands.
It’s spread through coughing, sneezing or sharing cups or utensils touched by saliva or mucus.