Mumps Cases May Be Linked To Monmouth County, NJ Restaurant

By David Madden

BELMAR, N.J. (CBS) — Officials in central New Jersey are looking into what appears to a rash of “probable” mumps cases in recent weeks (see previous story).

Monmouth County officials say a total of 22 people have come forward to complain of swollen glands, fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, and loss of appetite. Michael Meddis is the county health coordinator.

“We don’t have a definitive diagnosis of mumps. We’re still waiting on lab work,” said Meddis.

Most either work or recently dined at D’Jais, a popular bar and grill in the shore town of Belmar.

While a few of those affected come from as far away as central Florida, state officials believe the issue is pretty much contained to Monmouth County.  They say anyone vaccinated for mumps as a child, faces only a 10-percent chance of catching it.

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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