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Number of possible mumps cases in New Jersey rises

IOWA CITY, IA - APRIL 27:  University of Iowa junior Erica Zamudil, 22, (L) receives a mumps, measles and rubella vaccination shot from nurse Jan Bush at the school's Student Health Service April 27, 2006 in Iowa City, Iowa. Mass vaccination clinics were set up in college towns across Iowa as public health officials try to contain a mumps epidemic. The University of Iowa has had 62 confirmed cases of mumps.  (Photo by Mark Kegans/Getty Images) (Credit: Mark Kegans/Getty Images)

The number of suspected mumps cases in New Jersey's Monmouth County has risen to 36, with one case confirmed, according to a statement from the county's health department.

Officials announced last week that several people who either worked at or were patrons at D'Jais in Belmar were reporting symptoms of mumps.

The Jersey Shore bar closed voluntarily last week and 32 employees were given the mumps, measles and rubella vaccine, The Star-Ledger reported.

Public Health Coordinator Michael Meddis said the average age of the people reporting symptoms is 26 years old and 39 percent of those affected are females. All but one of the cases under investigation are adults.

 
 
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