The Monmouth County Health Department (MCHD) is investigating seven possible mumps cases, according to a press release issued by the county.
“Mumps-like symptoms have been reported at local medical offices and those individuals are being tested for mumps,” Monmouth County Public Health Coordinator Michael Meddis said in the release.
Mumps symptoms include swelling of salivary glands, fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite. Mumps is spread through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person, the release stated.
The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine given at infancy and again between 4 and 6 years old renders a person 90 percent less likely to contract mumps, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The MCHD is seeking out the possible source of the infection, Meddis said in the release.