BELMAR - D'Jais Bar & Grill is set to reopen this weekend after several cases of mumps shut it down for a full weekend.
The management at D'Jais in Belmar voluntarily closed its doors after more than two dozen cases of the mumps were reported. Most of the individuals affected are adults who were patrons or employees at the popular beach spot.
D'Jais owner Frank Sementa says the disease came as a shock to his employees. "One of the bartenders who came down with the mumps said this is the first time she ever spoke the word mumps," he says.
D'Jais reportedly cleaned out and sanitized the building as per state Department of Health recommendations. Officials say someone who had the mumps brought it to the landmark nightclub, but they are still investigating how and when it spread.
Sementa says the health department gave vaccines to some of his employees and residents who were concerned about the disease.
The timing could have been worse for D'Jais, one of many shore businesses still struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy.
"It happened after Labor Day weekend. It could have been a lot more devastating," says Gil Paulsen, of Bradley Beach. "The fact that it didn't happen until the summer was essentially over certainly is somewhat of a blessing."
Mumps symptoms include swelling of the glands, fever, headache, muscle ache, tiredness and loss of appetite.
Recommended treatment is to stay home for five days, get plenty of bed rest and fluids, disinfect common surfaces regularly and avoid contact with others.