Health officials on Saturday confirmed seven mumps cases at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Houston.
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.
“Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community,” said Dr. David Persse, Houston’s local health authority and EMS medical director
Health officials are working with the ICE facility to control the transmission of the disease and provide on-site treatment.
We confirm seven mumps cases at an ICE facility in Houston. All seven individuals are adult detainees who were detained during their infectious period. There is no evidence the disease was transmitted to anyone outside of the facility. https://t.co/zPdYyM3HDG
— Houston Health Dept (@HoustonHealth) February 9, 2019
The Houston Health Department describes mumps as a “vaccine-preventable contagious disease caused by a virus.”- READ MORE