Mumps Cases On The Rise In New Jersey, Including Ocean County

A new report reveals that 11 mumps cases have been reported across four New Jersey counties – including Ocean County – since January, with eight of the suspected cases tied to international travel documented in Hunterdon County last week.

According to NJ.com citing NJ Health Department data, the three other 2024 cases were reported in three different counties, with one case each reported in Hudson and Ocean counties in January, and one case tied to international travel reported in Somerset County in February.

The New Jersey Department of Health is urging individuals to be aware of the symptoms of this highly contagious virus and to stay up to date with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) shots. Children are recommended to receive two doses of MMR, starting at 12 to 15 months old and again at 4 to 6 years old.

Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Kaitlan Baston emphasized the importance of seeking medical attention if symptoms arise, as the viruses are “incredibly contagious.” Symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, followed by swelling of the salivary and other glands or puffy cheeks and a tender, swollen jaw.

The number of suspected mumps cases this year is approaching 2023’s total figure, with 13 cases reported last year and eight cases reported in 2022.

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