Mumps investigation at local fitness club surprises gym members

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Mumps investigation at local gym surprises members. ( Source CBS 4 News)

On Friday  both Tru-Fit Athletic clubs in Mission were closed due to a mumps investigation.

“I came yesterday, took the class, everything was normal, we had no idea,” said Leonor Torres, a gym member who was turned away from entering the gym.

Torres was surprised to find an empty parking lot at her busy gym, she said they didn’t tell her it was closed due to a possible mumps outbreak, just for maintenance.

CBS 4 News obtained a photo of the email sent out to gym members stating:

“We at Tru Fit Athletic clubs will be working closely with the County and City of Mission to best prevent and protect you and your communities against anything disease related.”

Thursday the City of Mission called an emergency meeting regarding a business posing a threat to citizens, and agreed to work with the Hidalgo County Health Department to find the source of the virus.

Neither the city or the county would release the name of the business.

“If they are saying that it is a public and safety threat, to the citizens why won’t they release the name of the business? asked CBS4,

 “You need to review that with the City of Mission I’m looking at it at a much broader level and that is what we are investigating,” responded Eddie Olivarez, with Hidalgo County Health Department.

CBS 4 then asked the City of Mission, “what is the name of the business that is attributed to this case?”

“At this time, we cannot disclose that information, the county is the lead agency on this,” replied Randy Perez, City manager for the city of Mission.

Mission resident Suzette Chavez said everyone needs to be transparent when dealing with a possible health outbreak.

“When we find your dishonest that is when you’re going to lose business the politicians we are going to lose faith in them,” Chavez stated.

According to the county health department, there is one confirmed case of the mumps and nine other cases under investigation.

All are young college age adults.

The Hidalgo County Health Department said they are working with several cities during this investigation.

Mumps is not a life-threatening virus, but symptoms include fever, headaches, swelling of the glands in the jaw and neck area.

If you appear to have these symptoms you’re advised to contact your doctor right away.

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