Seven cases of mumps confirmed at the Houston ICE Detention Center

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(Reuters) – Seven adult inmates in a US immigration and customs detention facility in Houston were diagnosed with mumps, but the contagious disease is contained, the city's health department said today.

"Because these individuals were isolated within the structure during the period when they were contagious, we do not expect these cases to be a threat to the community," said Dr. David Persse, a local health authority, in a statement. Houston and medical director of emergency medical services. . The ICE Houston contract detention facility has about 950-1,000 adults.

The viral illness begins with fever, aches and loss of appetite, thus causing painful swelling of the salivary glands. Symptoms usually last 7 to 10 days.

Because mumps can spread rapidly in crowded places, a Houston Department of Health spokeswoman said mumps detainees were placed in isolation until they managed to infect others.

Mumps can be prevented with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Children who receive two scheduled doses of the vaccine are protected from the virus for life, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reporting by Katharine Jackson; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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