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NHL issues league-wide memo to curtail mumps outbreak

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:53:19 +0000

Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) - The NHL has sent out another league-wide memo containing more specific information about curtailing the mumps outbreak and preventing further transmission.

The league initially sent a memo to all 30 teams in November, one that was pretty basic and similar to the type disseminated during any flu outbreak.

"I think it was far more specific is what I'd say," said deputy commissioner Bill Daly. "We drilled down to specific expectations in terms of putting someone in charge at the club level to make sure things are getting handled appropriately."

"The basis of information hasn't changed. Everyone knows what the disease is, how it is transmitted and the steps that need to be taken to minimize outbreak," he added.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 15 players from five teams had been diagnosed with the mumps. Three more players from the Pittsburgh Penguins are undergoing tests to confirm whether they have been infected with the disease.

Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby was diagnosed with the vaccine-preventable disease after appearing at the team's morning skate Friday with large swelling on his face, considered to be a hallmark symptom of the disease.

Daly feels that most of that is overblown due to the media firestorm the rather odd and unusual diagnosis has created. He does not envision any serious impact to the league as a result.

"The thing I take the most comfort in is that, of most experts in the area here -- and we've talked to a lot -- no one is as concerned as the media is," Daly said. "It's not this scourge that's going to end things for the league or force us to shut down."

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