Wrestling Inc. can confirm that WWE is testing members of the RAW roster for the mumps. WWE had apparently originally tested some talent for viral meningitis, and discovered that the illness is believed to be the mumps.
Mumps is an airborne virus that can be spread by saliva or utensils – even plates or cups – with an infected person. It can also be spread by coughing or sneezing. Symptoms usually take 16-18 days to appear. It then usually takes several days to a week to disappear.
It will be interesting to see how WWE handles the testing, because once talent is tested, they can’t work until the results are back.
It is not known if SmackDown talent will also be tested for the virus.
We reached out to WWE and will post an update if we hear back. More shortly.
Update 4:30pm ET: WWE sent us the following statement: “We have confirmed that three of our performers have been diagnosed with a viral infection. As a precautionary measure, we are ensuring in-ring performers and staff are tested and immunized in accordance with recommended medical guidelines.”
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