Source: Asbury Park Press (NJ)
By: Hopkins, Kathleen
The Monmouth County, N.J., health department is investigating 36 suspected cases of mumps. The first suspected cases date back as early as August 3. Laboratory tests recently confirmed one of the suspected cases as the mumps and linked it to a local restaurant. Most of the people who have mumps-like symptoms have either been patrons or are employees of D’Jais Bar and Grill in Belmar. “Individuals are continuing to come forward to report mumps-like symptoms,” says Michael Meddis, county public health coordinator. With the exception of one child, all of the cases involve adults. The restaurant has voluntarily closed its doors to patrons, and nurses with the Health Department have immunized 32 employees with the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.