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Mumps confirmed for Penguins’ Bennett; team intern also affected

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Chaz Palla | Trib Total Media
The Penguins' Beau Bennett plays against the Islanders, Nov. 21, 2014, at Consol Energy Center.

Beau Bennett officially was diagnosed with mumps Monday. He’s not alone, Trib Total Media has learned.

A Penguins intern who gathers sound in locker rooms also was diagnosed Monday with mumps.

Bennett is the 14th NHL player with a confirmed case of and the second on the Penguins, joining captain Sidney Crosby.

Bennett was at Children’s Hospital last Thursday, along with every Penguins player except Crosby, but the hospital said Monday that Bennett was not near any kids in an immune suppressed state.

The intern, who was granted anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the topic, told the Trib he awoke Monday with a dry mouth, a headache, swelling around his jaw and an irritation in his ears.

He’s in isolation through Saturday. The intern was around the Penguins last Tuesday at Southpointe, last Thursday at Consol Energy Center and Sunday at Consol for the news conference announcing Crosby’s case.

The intern also spent time in the Rangers and Devils locker rooms and around Tanner Glass and Corey Perry — NHL teams and players linked to the recent mumps outbreak.

Blood was not drawn, but the diagnosing doctor provided this statement: “You do not need confirmatory testing for mumps to have this reported. Presumed/probable mumps based on clinical suspicion and contact history is enough.”

The intern said he received MMR and booster shots.

Jason Mackey is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @Mackey_Trib.

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