Casbah Concertgoer Infected With Mumps May Have Exposed Others

Others exposed could start seeing symptoms 12 to 15 days after exposure.

A San Diego County resident has been diagnosed with mumps and may have exposed others while he attended a concert at a popular venue.

The resident attended a concert on Aug. 28 at The Casbah in the 2500 block of Kettner Boulevardin downtown San Diego, near Little Italy, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.

People present at the venue from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. that night may have been exposed to the virus and could start seeing symptoms 12 to 15 days after exposure.

The owners of the club told NBC 7 that the concert featuring Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears was well attended, and estimated around 200 patrons were at the show.

Mumps is a highly contagious viral disease that can be spread by coughing, sneezing or close contact. Side effects include fever, headache, earache, and inflammation of the salivary glands which can cause swelling in the jaw. Post-pubescent males may experience pain in the testicles.

There is no treatment for mumps, and severe complications including meningitis, decreased fertility, permanent hearing loss, and fetal loss are possible but rare.

Two doses of the MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccine are usually given at 12 to 15 months of age and at 4 to 6 years of age. A third booster is recommended for people living close to an outbreak.

For more information on the disease, visit the County HHSA Immunization website here.

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