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What You Need to Know About Measles

Measles, also known as rubeola, is an infection caused by a virus. The measles was once very common all over North America, but since the introduction of the measles vaccine in 1968, the number of measles cases and deaths has reduced drastically. Measles occurs most often in the winter months, and is very contagious to others around you. Measles can cause a mild infection, or can be severe causing death. What are the signs and symptoms of measles? The following are some of the signs and symptoms that your child may show if infected with the measles: Fever – this[Read more...]

Mumps

A recent outbreak of mumps throughout the NHL has put the virus back in the spotlight. (image: PensTV) The mumps is an infection of the salivary glands. The salivary glands produce saliva that aids in keeping your mouth lubricated, helps you swallow and digest food, and helps to clean and protect your mouth against bacteria. They are located on both sides of your face, and in and around your mouth and throat. There are the major salivary glands, the parotid, submandibular, and sublingual glands and there are the minor ones that are located in your lips, inner cheek area, and[Read more...]

Infectious Mononucleosis

Infectious mononucleosis, often referred to as “mono” or “the kissing disease” is an infection caused by the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). The reason it’s called the “kissing disease” is because the virus is transmitted by saliva, so you can get it through kissing, but also from a cough or sneeze, or sharing a glass or utensils with someone who is infected with mononucleosis. Typically the infection is most common in adolescents, with 35-50% of them showing symptoms, but also can be seen in young children, but these cases often go unnoticed for lack of symptoms. Who is at risk for Mono?[Read more...]