Resident diagnosed with mumps may have exposed others at Casbah concert

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SAN DIEGO — A San Diego County resident has been diagnosed with mumps and may have exposed others while attending a concert at a local nightclub last month, according to a statement released Friday by the County Health and Human Services Agency.

The unidentified mumps carrier attended the Aug. 28 concert of Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears at the Casbah, a nightclub located in the 2500 block of Kettner Boulevard near downtown San Diego.

Anyone who was at the club between 8:30 p.m. and 11 evening may have been exposed to mumps and could become ill between 12 to 25 days after exposure, the statement said.

“Anyone who was at the concert that evening, and who shows signs of the disease should contact their health care provider by telephone before seeking care so appropriate precautions can be taken to prevent the further spread of the disease,” Dr. Wilma Wooten, county public health officer said.

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, according to health officials.

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, the statement said.