SAN DIEGO–A San Diego man resident was diagnosed with mumps and may have exposed others while attending a concert at the Casbah in San Diego, the County Health and Human Services Agency says.
According to agency, the man attended a Aug. 28 concert of Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears at the club, located at 2501 Kettner Boulevard in San Diego. Attendees at the club between 8:30 and 11 p.m. that evening may have been exposed to mumps and could become ill between 12 to 25 days after exposure.
Mumps is a highly contagious viral disease that is spread by coughing, sneezing or close contact with an infected person. Mumps causes a fever, headache, earache and inflammation of the salivary glands which results in swelling and tenderness at the angle of the jaw. Males past puberty may experience pain and swelling in the testicles.
Severe complications are rare, but can include meningitis, decreased fertility, permanent hearing loss and, in extreme cases, fetal loss during the first trimester of pregnancy. There is no treatment for mumps. Most people recover without problems.
For more information about mumps, other vaccine-preventable diseases, and the vaccines that protect against them, contact the County HHSA Immunization Program at (866) 358-2966, or visit the website at www.sdiz.org.