Seven cases of mumps occurred at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office in Houston, confirmed by the Houston Health Department on Saturday. All seven patients are adult detainees who have been detained during the infectious period, and the Department of Health has said there is no evidence that they have spread outside the facility.
There is currently only one person, KHOU-TV, a CBS Houston affiliate. This person started showing symptoms on February 3rd. The remaining infected persons were cured.
"There is a chance that some people have been infected when they were there because it is like any other detention facility, there are many people in a small area," Houston Public Health Authority said. "We have a very, very low level, very low mumps level in the United States, so even though this number of seven is small, this community is upicky, so this is one of the reasons why we have our attention."
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Although they do not want more cases, Persse said KHOU mumps is a highly treatable disease with a recovery period of about 1
Mumps is considered highly contagious but is a very effective vaccine. Mumps usually begin with a few days of fever, headaches, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite, followed by swollen salivary glands.
Mumps can be prevented with two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Children should receive the first dose of 12 to 15 months of age and the second dose should be between 4 and 6 years of age. Two doses of the vaccine are 97% effective.
The Centers for Disease Control, according to the US Vaccination Plan, keep two children under the MMR vaccine.