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Case of mumps at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, TDSB says

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Mar 7th, 2017

FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, file photo, shows boxes of the measles, mumps and rubella virus vaccine (MMR) and measles, mumps, rubella and varicella vaccine inside a freezer at a doctor's office in Northridge, Calif. On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, health officials announced that German measles (rubella) is officially gone from North and South America, the first region to rid itself of the disease. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
Boxes of the measles, mumps and rubella virus vaccine (MMR) and measles, mumps, rubella and varicella vaccine. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Damian Dovarganes

The recent outbreak of mumps in the city has affected a student at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).

“Recently a case was identified in a Toronto school,” the TDSB said in a letter, which was dated March 3.

The school board advises parents to make sure their child’s vaccinations are up-to-date, and to ensure children four years old and older have two doses of the mumps vaccine, either measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) or measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV).

The TDSB said the risk of acquiring the mumps in Toronto schools is low since the vaccine is mandatory for children attending school in Ontario.

According to Toronto Public Health, most people affected with mumps are among people aged 18 to 35, and about 40 per cent of them were up-to-date with the relevant vaccines. People in that age group may be under-immunized, and are urged to check their vaccination records for MMR or MMRV vaccines.

As of Monday, there are 26 confirmed cases of mumps in Toronto. The city typically sees about five cases of the mumps every year.

Health officials said there has also been increased mumps activity in Manitoba, Western Canada hockey teams, and other parts of Canada and the U.S.

Click here for a fact sheet on mumps.

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