A mumps outbreak has been traced to D'Jais Bar & Grill, a New Jersey beach hotspot frequented by the hard-partying cast of MTV's "Jersey Shore."
The Monmouth County Health Department issued a public health bulletin this week after receiving reports of mumps-like symptoms throughout Belmar, N.J.
"As of this time there are 15 cases that have been identified
and the victims are mostly college-aged in their mid 20s," read a posting on the Robertsville Volunteer Fire Company's Facebook page. "Seven of the cases have been traced back to D'Jais Bar with the victims being employees or frequent visitors to the establishment."
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Mumps typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, and is followed by swelling of salivary glands. Rare complications include inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, fertility problems, and deafness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Mumps-like symptoms have been reported at local medical offices
and those individuals are being tested for mumps," Michael Meddis, Monmouth County's public health coordinator, said in a statement. "For the individuals with the seven probable cases of mumps, a treatment of bed rest, fluid intake, and fever reduction has been recommended to reduce their symptoms."
People who were vaccinated with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine, as an infant and again between the ages of 4 and 6, are 90 percent less likely to contract mumps, according to the CDC. It's spread through droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person, usually when the person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
News of a possible mumps outbreak stemming from D'Jais amused some Facebook users, who called the bar "grimy."
"I would have thought hepatitis from D'Jais!" one person wrote.
"D'Jais — home of HPV and mumps," another commented.
A measles outbreak sickened more than 20 people last month
on a megachurch compound in Texas. Health experts believe a member of the largely unvaccinated Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, contracted the illness while on a recent trip to Indonesia.
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