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Number of confirmed mumps cases in Toronto jumps to 64

Boxes of the measles, mumps and rubella virus vaccine (MMR) and measles, mumps, rubella and varicella vaccine. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Damian Dovarganes

Toronto Public Health (TPH) has confirmed 16 new cases of mumps, bringing the outbreak total to 64.

Officials say most people affected are aged 18 to 35. However, five of the cases are related to elementary and high schools in Toronto, either among staff or students.

TPH says the people at Toronto schools who contracted the virus had contact with a “known person” who already had the mumps and not from the school setting.

By the same token, they also say broader community spread of the mumps is currently ongoing.

The outbreak seemed to have begun in February, when several individuals between 18 to 35 years old contracted the virus after attending bars in the west end.

Last week, two new cases of the mumps were confirmed at Ryerson University.

TPH is encouraging the people to ensure that they’re up-to-date with their vaccinations against the mumps.

For a fact-sheet about the mumps and more details regarding prevention, click here.

Here is a list of all the schools who have one or more confirmed cases of the mumps this year:

  • Ryerson University
  • Davisville Junior Public School (TDSB)
  • Hodgson Senior Public School (TDSB)
  • King Edward Junior and Senior Public School (TDSB)
  • Forest Hill Collegiate Institute (TDSB)