Seven Mumps Cases Confirmed at Houston ICE Detention Facility

Mumps virus. 3D illustration showing structure of mumps virus with surface glycoprotein spikes heamagglutinin-neuraminidase and fusion protein

Mumps virus. 3D illustration showing structure of mumps virus with surface glycoprotein spikes heamagglutinin-neuraminidase and fusion protein

Health officials say seven cases of the mumps have been confirmed at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Houston.

'We have every reason to believe that the individuals who are sick are still at the facility, ' Persse said.

All seven patients are adult detainees who were detained during their infectious period, and the Health Department said there is no evidence they spread outside the facility. HHD said it is working with the ICE facility on infection control methods and will conduct an on-site visit in the coming days. The symptoms of mumps typically begin with fever, headache, muscle aches, loss of appetite, tiredness, and then followed by swollen salivary glands.

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The Houston Health Department describes mumps as a "vaccine-preventable contagious disease caused by a virus". Most recover from mumps without serious complications. Folks who may have come in contact with a person showing symptoms were guaranteed until it was determined that they were fine. Additionally, the Honduran MOH said that there were approximately 3,266,931 adults (34% of the total population) susceptible to mumps because they never received the MMR vaccine as children.

The MMR vaccine is given in two doses, which is 97% effective and protects recipients for life against measles, mumps and rubella, according to the CDC.

"We've been dealing with mumps for hundreds of years".

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According to authorities, because the said individuals were detained during their infectious period, there is so far no threat of the individuals passing the illness to others outside the facility. For instance, a recent outbreak of the measles in the Northwest has reignited a debate over childhood vaccinations.

Mumps cases are usually prevalent in crowded environment, including living in a dormitory with a person who has mumps or playing on the same sports team.

The medical director said that since 2014, there have only been two cases of mumps reported at the facility.

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