A New Jersey Penitentiary has been closed to inmates after five reported mumps. No additional inmates are being held in Bergen jail and no one is allowed to leave prison.
"So far, no employees have any signs of infection," said James Tedesco, executive director of Bergen County, during a press conference. "We have ordered the accelerated delivery of 1,000 doses of MMR vaccines for administration to prison staff and inmates."
The five cases have been clinically diagnosed, but still have to be confirmed by tests.
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Prison officials told WCBS 880 that the outbreak relates to inmates of the general population and not to inmates detained on behalf of the Immigration and Customs Service (ICE).
At the beginning of this yearwere exposed to mumps in ICE detention centers in the US. seven adult inmates were diagnosed with mumps after catching the virus in February.
Mumps spread through direct contact with saliva or respiratory droplets from the mouth, nose or throat.
Mumps are considered highly contagious, but can be greatly avoided with a vaccine. Mumps usually starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and loss of appetite, followed by swollen salivary glands, the health department said.
Centers for Disease Control consider individuals who have received two doses of the mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine as children, according to the US Lifelong Immunization Plan.