A 13th NHL player has now been diagnosed with the mumps. Sidney Crosby has tested positive for what is usually a childhood disease. Yikes!
If you have seen Sidney Crosby recently, you may have noticed the giant bulge on the right side of his face. Although it could have easily been associated with a hockey injury, it was later revealed the large bump was caused by the viral disease mumps. This is a huge setback for the team’s second-leading scorer.
Sidney Crosby: Penguins Hockey Player Out With The Mumps
The media started to take notice of Sidney’s health during a press conference on Dec. 12, when he showed up to talk to reporters with a very swollen face. The player originally tried to deny rumors that he had contracted mumps, but, unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.
On Dec. 14, the team made an announcement that Sidney had been diagnosed with mumps and will be sitting out upcoming games until he was back in good health and cleared of the virus.
Believe it or not, the NHL star’s immunizations were up to date and he did receive a booster shot against the virus before traveling to Russia for the Winter Olympics in February 2014.
It is also worth mentioning that initial tests conducted on Sidney a couple of weeks prior to his diagnosis indicated that he was not in any danger.
“It came as a bit of a surprise,” team doctor Dharmesh Vyas said to the press. “Every indication was that he was well protected against the disease.”
How scary. Hopefully Sidney feels better and can return to the ice sooner rather than later.
Penguins Come Under Fire For Mumps
Sidney’s team camp has since come under fire for allowing him to continue to practice despite showing signs of the mumps.
However, the mumps is a tricky virus that can be difficult to diagnose, and many players may have been exposed to the disease weeks before ever showing any symptoms.
“Crosby will continue to be monitored daily, but specialists believe he should be through the infectious period by Monday [Dec. 15],” the Penguins said in an official release.
Hopefully, the NHL can get this scary disease under control.
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— Brittany King