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Belmar Club Closed After Mumps Outbreak

Kill the music.  Hold the drinks.  A mumps scare closes a shore hot spot for the weekend after over two dozen people come forward with symptoms of the disease.

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In a statement Friday,  Monmouth County health officials confirmed the first case of mumps linked to the landmark nightclub.

“Lab results now positively confirm one case of mumps,” County public health coordinator Michael Meddis said. “Another 26 cases continue to be under investigation because the people involved have varying degrees of mumps-like symptoms that have not been confirmed or ruled out as mumps.”

With the exception of one pre-school aged child, all of the individuals are adults. Officials say most of the people either went to the nighclub or are employees of D’Jais Bar and Grill in Belmar.

“The staff and management and ownership of D’Jais have all been very cooperative and most helpful in advancing this investigation,” said Monmouth County Administrator Teri O’Connor. “Additionally, the Borough of Belmar continues to assist as we work our way through this public health issue.”

D’Jais has voluntarily closed its doors to patrons for the coming weekend. D’Jais has received and carried out cleaning and sanitizing recommendations from the Health Department.

“The Health Department’s investigation over the past several days has helped identify the most likely source of this local mumps incident,” said Meddis. “We will continue to monitor, evaluate and investigate cases.”

If you are experiencing the swelling of salivary glands along with fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite you should seek medical attention and call the Health Department at 732-431-7456.

More information about mumps is available from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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