Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Everything You Need to Know about #NHLMumps and More

More mumps in the road for the NHL.

Penguins right winger Beau Bennett has become the 15th NHLer to contract mumps this season, and Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith could be next.

Where it stops, does anybody know (insert your guess here, I'll go with 46 cases before it's all said and done)? Not likely anytime soon, unfortunately, as most people typically are contagious two weeks before they know they have the virus. The NHL has been doing its best to educate teams and players on the vaccine, but even if they do get the vaccine, it is reportedly only 95 percent effective (maybe less).

So expect more outbreaks before this "epidemic" comes to a close.

Thus far, here are the names of the 15 players who have publically been diagnosed with mumps:

Sidney Crosby, Beau Bennett, Cory Perry, Francois Beauchamin, Keith Ballard, Tanner Glass, Ryan Suter, Emerson Etem, Marco Scandella, Jonas Brodin, Christian Folin, Clayton Stoner, Adam Larsson, Travis Zajac and Derrick Brassard.

A total of five teams--Rangers, Devils, Penguins, Wild, Ducks--have been infected, but that could be on the rise soon.

To get educated about mumps (because why not?) here and here.

To read what Jeff Klein of the New York Times has found out, click here.

To read a Forbes piece about the vaccine and its efficacy click here

To view a Q and A on the mumps epidemic from the New York Post click here.

To read Puck Daddy's (Yahoo) insights on the issue, click here.

To see a really stupid but not completely horrific and somewhat funny mock song about it, click here.

To follow the unofficial #NHLMumps Twitter account (of course there is one) click here.

Speaking of which, it's nice to see people are having fun with this on Twitter: