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Beauchemin, Perry Diagnosed with Mumps Virus


Mar 15, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr (44) is shoved by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) and defenseman Francois Beauchemin (23) in the second period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry and defenseman Francois Beauchemin have both been sidelined for the past few days in what has been diagnosed by team physician Dr. Craig Milhouse as the mumps virus.

Perry has been out of the lineup since November 2, missing four games, but he has been deemed disease-free and can resume working out with the team starting Thursday.

Beauchemin, on the other hand, has been out since Novemeber 7. While the shut-down defenseman has been improving, he remains hospitalized to receive  intravenous fluids.

The presence of both players, who have been staples on the roster ever since the Cup-winning run in 2007, has been certainly missed in the past few games.

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Prior to his illness, Perry was the NHL-leading goal scorer, putting 11 pucks in the back of the net in 13 games, while Beauchemin has been averaging 22:51 minutes on the ice per game.

Symptoms of the mumps virus include headaches, muscle soreness, loss of appetite, and overall fatigue, followed by the swelling of the salivary glands.

While the news of players being sidelined with the mumps virus is rare in the NHL, adults’ antibody levels decline with time, according to Dr. Milhouse.

As a safety precaution, the rest of the team will receive mumps-measles-rubella shots.

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