FREEHOLD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – The number of suspected mumps cases in Monmouth County has grown to 36, officials said.
Lab tests confirmed one of the suspected cases was mumps.
Most of the cases have been linked to D’Jais Bar and Grill in Belmar. The popular Jersey shore establishment voluntarily closed last week and 32 employees were given the mumps vaccine.
The bar also used social media to warn patrons.
County health coordinator Michael Meddis tells the Asbury Park Press the median age of those under investigation is 26. All but one are adults and 39 percent of the cases are females.
Mumps-like symptoms include the swelling of salivary glands along with fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite.
The health department said mumps is spread by droplets of saliva or mucus, usually when the infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anyone who received two doses of the MMR vaccine as a child is 90 percent less likely to contract mumps.
Anyone who believes they might have been infected should call the county Health Department at 732-431-7456.
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