Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry and defenseman Francois Beauchemin have been diagnosed with mumps.
According to the Mayo Clinic, mumps is a viral infection that affects saliva-producing glands that are situated below and in front of the ears, causing swelling in those glands. There is no specific treatment for the infection, which can cause hearing loss in more serious cases.
The team had said on Tuesday that the veterans had a viral gland infection and were undergoing tests to determine their exact illness.
The team’s medical director, Dr. Craig Milhouse, said that Beauchemin has been hospitalized to receive intravenous fluids, and is improving. Perry has been cleared of the disease and can resume working out with the team on Thursday.
"He's better today, and we anticipate that he'll be even more improved [Thursday], after he gets IV fluids," Milhouse said about Beauchemin to NHL.com.
Milhouse said he does not know how the two caught the mumps but that there were cases in Anaheim and the local health department is involved.
Perry has missed the team's last four games, including Wednesday's 6-5 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Beauchemin has missed the last three contests.
Beauchemin has four assists this season. Perry is second in the NHL with 11 goals in 13 games and is tied for second with four power-play goals.
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