FREEHOLD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Health officials in Monmouth County are investigating a possible mumps outbreak at a popular Jersey shore bar.
The number of “probable” cases of mumps jumped from seven Wednesday to 22 Thursday, health officials said. Twenty-one of the patients are adults, and one is pre-school age. Most have been patrons or employees at D’Jais Bar and Grill in Belmar in recent weeks, county officials said.
“The medical professionals advised these individuals to be on bed rest, increase their fluid intake and take steps to reduce their fever,” Monmouth County Public Health Coordinator Michael Meddis said in a statement.
Mumps-like symptoms include the swelling of salivary glands along with fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite. Anyone who believes they might have been infected should call the county Health Department at 732-431-7456.
Officials are trying to determine the possible source of infection.
The health department said mumps is spread by droplets of saliva or mucus, usually when the infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
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