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

Seven mumps cases at a Houston ICE facility have been confirmed by the Houston Health Department Saturday, the department said in a statement 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. Folks who may have come in contact with a person showing symptoms were guaranteed until it was determined that they were fine.

'We are working with the detention facility to make sure there is isolation and quarantine procedures in effect, ' Persse said, according to KPRC-TV.

Mumps can be prevented with two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

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. And additional vaccines aren't needed over the years. "It's a common viral illness", Persse said. "We have very, very low levels, very low levels of mumps in the United States, so while this number of seven is small, for this community, that's an uptick so that's one reason why it has our attention".

The measles vaccination program started in 1963.

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

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.

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