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Monmouth County, N.J. May Have A Mumps Outbreak

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(Electron micrograph of the mumps virus.  File photo by Dr. FA Murphy, CDC)

(Electron micrograph of the mumps virus. File photo by Dr. FA Murphy, CDC)

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By David Madden

FREEHOLD, N.J. (CBS) — Officials in central New Jersey are looking into seven suspected cases of the mumps.

Monmouth County is awaiting the results of blood tests on seven people who have come down with mumps-like symptoms: swollen glands, fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, and loss of appetite.

The health department there is trying to pinpoint the possible source of any infection. Officials at the state health department say they’re confident that any potential problem is confined to Monmouth County.

If it is mumps, the infection is spread through casual contact with someone who has it, either socially or by using items they have come in contact with.

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