Mumps Outbreak in Toronto’s West End May Be Spreading in Bars

Sharing drinks might be a bad idea

You might want to think twice the next time you decide to take a sip from someone’s drink at a west end bar.

According to Toronto Public Health officials, individuals have been contracting mumps at bars in the west end of Toronto. To be clear, it is not the bars that are effected, rather, the people attending the bars.

A total of 14 people have been confirmed infected between the ages of 18 and 35. According to Public Health, 60 per cent of currently infected patients did not receive a mumps vaccine.

Mumps is a viral disease that results in painful swelling of the parotid salivary glands. Early symptoms are similar to flu symptoms, including fever, fatigue, head aches, and muscle pain. Symptoms can take up to 18 days after exposure to the virus to surface.

Coughing, sneezing, and swapping saliva are the most common ways to spread mumps, so keep your spit to yourself people!