Two Anaheim Ducks came down with the childhood viral illness earlier this week and as of Thursday, one Duck is back.

Corey Perry Image/Video Screen Shot
Corey Perry
Image/Video Screen Shot

Sidelined with the vaccine-preventable viral illness was Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin; however, Perry returned  to the Honda Center for practice after being hospitalized for three days and missed four straight games.

“I had the swollen jaw and the swelling in my face that led to headaches,” said Perry. “I had the body aches and fever, too. Those things weren’t fun.”

Along with swelling in the face and headaches, Perry says he ran a fever north of 100 degrees (102 at its highest) and experienced hot and cold sweats, but never experienced a loss of appetite. But during his stint in the hospital (three days and two nights), Perry says he didn’t do much.

“I had no energy to do anything,” he said. “My day consisted of the doctor coming in at seven o’clock in the morning, looking at me and then taking off, me going back to sleep, and then the doctor coming back in to draw blood.”

It is not clear whether he’ll play this weekend. The health status of Francois Beauchemin has not been updated.

Mumps is spread by droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person, usually when the person coughs, sneezes or talks. Items used by an infected person, such as cups or soft drink cans, can also be contaminated with the virus, which may spread to others if those items are shared.

Symptoms typically appear 16-18 days after infection, but this period can range from 12-25 days after infection. It is usually a mild disease, but can occasionally cause serious complications.

The most common complication is inflammation of the testicles (orchitis) in males who have reached puberty; rarely does this lead to fertility problems.

Other rare complications include inflammation of the brain and/or tissue covering the brain and spinal cord(encephalitis/meningitis), inflammation of the ovaries (oophoritis) and/or breasts (mastitis) infemales who have reached puberty and deafness. Anyone who is not immune from either previous mumps infection or from vaccination can get mumps.

From January 1 to August 15, 2014, 965 people in the United States have been reported to have mumps.

Outbreaks in at least four U.S. universities have contributed to these cases: Ohio State University, Fordham University in New York , University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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