NJ.com A popular bar in Belmar appears to be the origin of a mumps outbreak, according to the Monmouth County Health Department, which is investigating 22 “probable cases.” On Wednesday, there were seven cases of the illness, county Public Health Coordinator Michael Meddis said. In the past 24 hours, an additional 15 people “with mumps-like symptoms have come forward,” she said. “The medical professionals advised these individuals to be on bed rest, increase their fluid intake and take steps to reduce their fever. The common denominator is that 20 of the 22 people affected have either visited or worked for D’Jais in Belmar in the last several weeks. The bar manager could not immediately be reached for comment. But through a statement from Belmar Administrator Colleen Connolly, she said the establishment is working cooperatively with the county and the borough. “This matter is being handled with great concern and sensitivity by the owners of D’Jais, the Borough and the County of Monmouth,” the administrator said in a statement. “D’Jais and the County of Monmouth are working together on ensuring that workers and patrons are safe and will follow all necessary protocols to ensure the matter is handled responsibly. Nothing is more important than the health and well being of our residents.”
If you grew up in New Jersey or ever partied at the Jersey Shore, you have likely spent several nights of your life jammed into D’Jais, surrounded by juiced up 285-pound gorilla guidos shoving each other and barely clothed sluts drunkenly falling on the sticky floors. You probably got into a fight, you probably got laid, you probably didn’t remember much the next morning. And it was probably awesome. As a New Jersey native, going to D’Jais is universal, everyone has gone at least once, for at least happy hour.
I thought that we were all vaccinated for mumps as children, I thought that mumps had been eradicated, and was now just a disease that had broken out in third world countries or was something that you died from in Oregon Trail.
However, when I saw that there had been a mumps outbreak and that it was tied to D’Jais, I was not the least bit surprised. If a disease that I thought was extinct still exists, I would assume that it would be found in the griminess of the Jersey Shore, and since D’Jais is one of the epicenters it’s a logical spot for the outbreak. Can you imagine how sticky the dance floor was and how filthy the bathrooms were at D’Jais by the end of Labor Day weekend? Of course there was a mumps outbreak. I’m surprised it wasn’t something worse.
The headline could read “Ebola virus outbreak at D’Jais in Belmar causes zombie juiceheads to riot at the Jersey Shore, disease spreads south to Tiki Bar in Point Pleasant, state of emergency declared for entire state of New Jersey” and I wouldn’t be surprised. It should be expected that there will be a disease outbreak at the Jersey Shore, becoming infected is a chance you take partying down there, and one of the things that makes the shore so magical.