7 cases of mumps confirmed at Houston ICE facility, health department says

Henrietta Strickland
February 11, 2019

Seven adult detainees at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Houston have been diagnosed with mumps, but the contagious disease is contained, the city's health department said on Saturday.

The Houston Health Department said in a press release that the cases involved seven adults who were detained during their infectious period - meaning there was no evidence that anyone outside the facility was infected.

Only one person is now sick, CBS Houston affiliate KHOU-TV reports.

Those with symptoms were placed in isolation at the facility. That person began showing symptoms February 3.

The department is working with the facility on infection control methods and will conduct an on-site visit in the coming days, it said.

Mumps, which is typically spread through saliva and mucus, causes fever, muscle aches, loss of appetite and the characteristic puffy cheeks and jaw from swollen salivary glands.

At least 44 people in Washington and OR have fallen ill in recent weeks with the extraordinarily contagious virus, which was eradicated in the U.S.in 2000 as a result of immunization but arrives periodically with overseas travelers.

The Centers for Disease Control considers people who received two doses of MMR vaccine as children according to the USA vaccination schedule protected for life.

The measles vaccination program started in 1963.

While they don't anticipate more cases, Persse told KHOU mumps is a highly treatable illness with a recovery period of about 10 days. Before then, estimated 3 to 4 million people got measles each year in the United States, according to the CDC.

In 2016-17, a large outbreak in a close-knit community in northwest Arkansas, resulted in almost 3,000 cases.

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