Vancouver Canucks report multiple players with mumps symptoms

A rough season for the Vancouver Canucks took a unusual turn into a different sector of agony, with the team on Friday confirming several players have shown symptoms of mumps.

The five players are not expected to play in Saturday's game against the Sharks, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports.

According to a statement released by the team, the players with symptoms were "immediately being tested and quarantined in isolation for a five-day period from the onset of symptoms or until test results prove negative".

The team said Friday defenceman Troy Stecher had a confirmed diagnosis, and defencemen Chris Tanev and Nikita Tryamkin, centre Mike Chaput and forward Markus Granlund have each presented symptoms. The Canucks are taking every precaution to contain the virus and stop any spread of the infection. Flu-like symptoms - fever, body aches - also come along with this illness, one that can be present in a person for up to two weeks before symptoms surface. Mumps is transferred through saliva and mucus, which make the benches on the ice a breeding ground for the virus.

Swollen and tender glands, most notably the salivary gland, are among the mumps symptoms.

The team said in a release that it is working closely with not only health organizations but the National Hockey League and NHLPA to help minimize spread of the viral infection.

This is not the first time a mumps outbreak has hit the National Hockey League.

The team said health authorities will be at Rogers Arena today "to screen players and staff and immunize those who need it". In 2014, a total of 17 players on five separate teams, including Sidney Crosby, were sidelined by the illness.

  • Julie Sanders