I was shocked to see that the NHL is battling an outbreak of mumps — yes, the mumps. It’s a disease from my generation’s childhood that we in the medical community thought was kaput. Not so. It has affected a handful of teams, taking players completely off the ice for up to a week.
Although vaccines have nearly eliminated this once common childhood disease in the U.S., mumps is still a concern throughout much of the undeveloped world, and has had several recent outbreaks stateside.