first_img wash hands often or use hand sanitizer do not share drinking glasses or eating utensils cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow. For more information on mumps, see www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/mumps.html . To help control the spread of mumps during this social season, Nova Scotians are being reminded not to go to work, participate in social activities, attend public events or travel if they have symptoms of mumps. The most common symptoms of mumps include fever, head and muscle aches, and swollen and tender glands at the angle of the jaw. Public health officials continue to encourage people to see their family doctor if they have symptoms. “Mumps is sometimes thought of as a childhood illness, but it can sometimes lead to more serious illness,” said Dr. Shelly Sarwal, medical official of health. “That’s why it’s important during this social time of year to stay home if you are ill and to always practice good hygiene.” To date, there have been 776 cases of mumps in Nova Scotia since the outbreak began last February. Mumps is spread by contact such as coughing, sneezing, sharing drinks and kissing. The virus can spread for about seven days before symptoms appear and up to nine days after. To avoid spreading the mumps, or any other disease:last_img read more