According to the US government's first report on outbreaks in the country's congested immigration system, since September, around 900 migrants in custody by the Immigration and Customs Service (ICE) have been exposed to mumps.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a total of 898 confirmed and probable mumps cases on adult migrants on Thursday in 57 facilities that had hosted ICE prisoners in 19 states since September 2018. The virus had 38 employees during this time.
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More than 80 percent of the patients who contracted the mumps in the detention centers were exposed to the virus for the first time, According to the CDC report, another US agency
ICE spokesperson Bryan Cox has told the medical staff of The Associated Press in detention facilities that they have detained all new detainees within 24 hours of being detained Arrest check their arrival to ensure that highly contagious diseases are not spread. According to Cox, some inmates come from countries where communicable diseases are less controlled than in the US, and they harbor the risk of infection spreading.
Mumps is a contagious virus that causes swollen glands, swollen cheeks, fever, headaches and, in severe cases, cases of hearing loss and meningitis. Critics claim that US immigration officials are not doing enough to quarantine migrants and prevent the spread of infectious diseases in overcrowded detention centers have followed facilities with mumps from reports by lawyers and lawyers representing detainees, The Associated Press said. "ICE is proven to be unable to ensure the health and safety of people in these facilities."
Much of the cases registered by the CDC have been reported in Texas detention centers. The Texas Department of Health raised the alarm in December, followed by six other state health departments in early January, leading to a "coordinated national response to outbreaks," according to the CDC report. ICE has administered more than 25,000 doses of measles-mumps medication. Vaccine against rubella (MMR) in the affected facilities, according to The Associated Press.
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In the US, vaccines have dramatically reduced the number of mumps cases. In most years, only a few hundred cases are reported, with regular outbreaks at colleges or other places where people are in close contact.
The CDC report only looked at mumps and not other health issues in detention centers. At least two migrant children have died of flu complications after being arrested by the US Border Patrol. The agency recommended that prisons follow the instructions of state and local health authorities in response to mumps.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.