Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Mumps Not Concerning Wheat Kings, Yet

Wheat Kings' GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon says there's
no concerns about the mumps for the team at this point
  Western Hockey League teams are monitoring the mumps outbreak in the National Hockey League, but they don't appear to be overly concerned about it crossing over into the junior ranks.

  Brandon Wheat Kings' GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon says they normally take precautions to prevent the spread of other illnesses like the flu, but haven't done anything extra because of the mumps outbreak in the NHL.

  "Just in communication with our training staff and with our team doctors and I think at this point, they don't feel there's anything that needs to be done," said McCrimmon, "That's probably the course of action that we'll take."

  More than a dozen NHL players including Pittsburgh Penguins' star Sidney Crosby have been diagnosed with the mumps over the last few weeks, but it hasn't reach the junior ranks as of yet.

  "The biggest challenge that our team has and has had and deals with pretty much each year is when you get flu going through your team," added McCrimmon, "That's the more common challenge that temas in our league are faced with on an annual basis."

  Members of Canada's world junior team received booster shots to vaccinate against the mumps on Monday.

  "I think we got to be careful,'' head coach Benoit Groulx said, "It's better to be precautionary than having a problem after. It's more precautionary than anything else.''

  Those infected with mumps can have a fever, headaches, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite, followed by the swelling of salivary glands, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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