My story from lohud.com:
By Rick Carpiniello
The mumps virus continued to spread through hockey Thursday when the Rangers’ Lee Stempniak, and two members of the Rangers’ minor-league team were isolated.
Meanwhile in Pittsburgh, three more players were also being tested, bringing the Penguins’ total this week to five. Sidney Crosby and Beau Bennett have been diagnosed with mumps, and on Thursday Marc-Andre Fleury, Robert Bortuzzo and Olli Maatta were being tested.
The mumps virus has hit several NHL teams already. The Rangers’ Tanner Glass has returned from his bout with the virus, and Derick Brassard – who was sent home from Vancouver last Saturday – is recovering and expected to practice with the team Friday, according to coach Alain Vigneault.
If Brassard can’t play Saturday in Raleigh, the Rangers will need to recall a forward from Hartford.
Earlier this week the Rangers announced that they will no longer have players room together on the road.
Players from Anaheim, Minnesota and St. Louis have also been diagnosed with mumps this season. Players are being vaccinated and precautions, i.e. water bottles not being shared, are being taken.
The virus is spread through direct contact with mucus and/or saliva.
The good news, if there is any, regarding the mumps in the NHL so far, is that players seem to recover fairly quickly, in days or a week or so.
The bad news, obviously, is that the disease is spreading and nobody knows how wide the path of its reach will ultimately be.
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