The Vancouver Canucks have been hit with the mumps.
The club says defenceman Troy Stecher has been confirmed to have the virus, while four other players on the roster, including Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput, and Markus Granlund are also experiencing symptoms of the virus.
“There were three players who presented initially, and now two more are being tested for mumps for mild symptoms,” says Vancouver Coastal Health Medical Health Officer Dr. Reka Gustafson.
That’s bad news for the struggling club, which is slated to face off against the San Jose Sharks tomorrow, but now will likely be missing a few key players.
“I don’t make game-time decisions,” says Gustafson. “But generally people who have mumps or confirmed mumps are isolated.”
She says the team has now moved to quarantine the infected players.
“All of the players who are diagnosed or have suspected mumps are isolated for five days, which is the infectious period to prevent transmission to others.”
The club says vaccines are also being administered to minimize the further risk and the team dressing room is being disinfected.
Gustafson says all of the affected players began showing symptoms within a few days of each other, suggesting they all were infected by the same source. She says so far, it doesn’t look like the players have passed it to each other.
General manager Jim Benning says the club is taking the virus, which is spread through spit and mucus, seriously.