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

Leslie Hanson
February 11, 2019

Health officials in Houston confirm seven cases of the mumps at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility.

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.

"Properly vaccinating your children isn't just about protecting your child, it's about protecting your entire family and your community", said Houston's local health authority, Dr. David Persse.

The department is working with the facility on infection control methods and will conduct an on-site visit in the coming days, it said. Outbreaks are rare but have happened in Texas and the Houston region.

The mumps, which is caused by a virus, can be prevented by a vaccine. It typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite and then swollen salivary glands. And additional vaccines aren't needed over the years. Also, anyone who was around a person showing symptoms went to quarantine.

Most people can recover from mumps without any serious complications, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers anyone who have had two doses of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine to be protected from mumps for life.


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

Outbreaks of infectious illness have been very much in the news of late.

Another reason for mumps outbreaks could be under-vaccinations by worldwide travelers. Someone who has no immunity can get sick up to three weeks after they have been exposed to the virus.

In the United States of America, most pharmacies offer MMR vaccination services.

The CDC Vaccine Price List provides private sector vaccine prices for general information.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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