As of February 10, there have been 162 confirmed cases of mumps reported in Manitoba, drastically up from the usual five cases a year.
The Manitoba Government's public health page explains that the mumps virus is best identified by swollen and painful cheeks and neck. It spreads mainly through respiratory droplets in the air from a person's cough or sneezes who is infected, through food or drink sharing, or by touching items previously touched by an infected person then touching your own eyes or mouth. Updates of the outbreak are posted each Friday HERE. Most cases of the outbreak have come from the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Universite de St. Boniface, and school sports teams, however, there have been cases outside of these sites as well.