The mysterious “viral gland infection” that’s kept both Francois Beauchemin and Corey Perry out of the Anaheim Ducks’ lineup has been diagnosed as mumps by the team’s doctor.
Dr. Craig Milhouse, the Ducks’ team physician, told the media Wednesday night that both players had been vaccinated against mumps, but as you get older the antibody levels decrease. As a precaution, players will receive an MMR shot.
Perry hasn’t played since last Tuesday, while Beauchemin has missed the last two games. According to the Ducks, Perry is no longer considered contagious and can return to the ice in a few days. Beauchemin, however, is still receiving IV treatments at a local hospital.
"He's better today, and we anticipate that he'll be even more improved [Thursday], after he gets IV fluids," Milhouse said, via NHL.com.
Salivary gland swelling is a symptom of mumps, as the CDC describes, along with muscle aches, fever, headache and loss of appetite.
“Guys have been loading up on Vitamin C, washing their hands, and when you go home, take care of yourself," Andrew Cogliano said on Wednesday, via the LA Times.
The Ducks have banned both players from coming to the rink and told to avoid any contact with their teammates.
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