Pittsburgh Penguins hockey player Sidney Crosby has the mumps. He was held out of game over the weekend as a precaution when “swelling developed on the right side of Crosby’s face.” The AP reports that he is currently in isolation “but should be through the infectious stage by Monday.” The mumps virus is spread through saliva or mucus, usually from coughing and sneezing.
Canadian Crosby received a booster shot against the virus before going to Russia in February for the Winter Olympics. Crosby isn’t the only one in the NHL with the disease. He is the thirteenth. Players from the Anaheim Ducks (Corey Perry, Francois Beauchemin, Clayton Stone, Emerson Etem), the Minnesota Wild (Ryan Suter, Keith Ballard, Marco Scandella, Jonas Brodin, Christian Folin), the New York Rangers (Tanner Glass) and the New Jersey Devils (Travis Zajac, Adam Larsson) are affected. Note: Ryan Suter was also at the Winter Olympics.