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Wild's Parise, Pominville Diagnosed With Mumps

Melissa Porter | 01 March, 2017, 01:45

A couple of years removed from a mumps outbreak across the locker room, Wild wingers Zach Parise and Jason Pominville have been diagnosed with mumps.

According to the team, "Members of the organization that have symptoms are being tested immediately and placed in isolation for a five-day period".

Pominville has 10 goals and 28 assists in 59 games this season for the Wild and Parise has 14 goals and 14 assists in 50 games played.

The Wild returned to practice Sunday evening after being off since Wednesday as part of its bye.

On Friday, the Vancouver Canucks announced that defenseman Troy Stetcher had been diagnosed with mumps, while Chris Tanev and Nikita Tryamkin along with forwards Michael Chaput and Markus Granlund were showing signs. That list also included Keith Ballard, Christian Folin, Marco Scandella and Jonas Brodin.

A mumps outbreak in 2014 affected more than a dozen National Hockey League players, including Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby, on five teams, as well as two referees.

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention website says "Mumps is a contagious disease that is caused by the mumps virus".

Symptoms typically appear 16 to 18 days after infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Wild played the Canucks on February 4. In addition, the virus may spread when someone with mumps touches items or surfaces without washing their hands and someone else then touches the same surface and rubs their mouth or nose.

According to the CDC, two doses of mumps vaccine are 88% (range 66% to 95%) effective at preventing the disease; one dose is 78% range (49% to 91%) effective.