(Reuters) – Seven adult prisoners at the US Immigration and Customs Detention Center in Houston have been diagnosed with mumps, but the infectious disease is closed, the Ministry of Health reported.
"Since these individuals were isolated in the facility during the period when they were infected, we do not anticipate that these cases would constitute a threat to the community," said Dr. David Persse, a local health authority in Houston and a medical director for emergency medical assistance. . The Houston ICE Detention Facility carries about 950-1000 adults.
Viral disease begins with fever, pain and loss of appetite, and then causes painful swelling of the foot-and-mouth disease. Symptoms usually last from 7 to 10 days.
As mumps are rapidly spreading in crowded places, a spokeswoman for the Houston Health Department said that detainees with mumps were isolated until they were able to infect others.
Mumps can be prevented with measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR). Children who receive two scheduled doses of the vaccine are protected against the virus for the rest of their lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Reporting by Katharine Jackson; editor Jonathan Oatis