"Chances are that some of the folks did become infected while they were there because it's like any other detention facility, you have a large number of people in a small area", Houston Public Health Authority Dr. David Persse told KHOU. That said, the HHD is still working with the facility in regard to infection control methods and is expected to conduct an on-site visit in the coming days.
In the state of Texas and in Houston region, mumps outbreaks are rare, but they have occurred in the past.More news: We finally have some new info about Apple's AirPods 2
Mumps is a vaccine-preventable contagious disease caused by a virus.
Only one person is now sick, CBS Houston affiliate KHOU-TV reports. It typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, followed by swollen salivary glands. And additional vaccines aren't needed over the years.
Also, certain behaviors that result in exchanging salivae, such as kissing or sharing utensils, cups, lip balm or cigarettes, might increase the spread of the virus.
Most people with the mumps recover without serious complications.More news: Activision Blizzard Reportedly Planning Massive Layoffs
In a statement, the Houston Health Department (HHD) confirmed seven cases of mumps among detained individuals at the ICE in Houston, Texas.
Outbreaks of infectious illness have been very much in the news of late.
In the US, most pharmacies offer MMR vaccination services.
The MMR vaccine is given in two doses, which is 97% effective and protects recipients for life against measles, mumps and rubella, according to the CDC.More news: Mountain Sounds Festival: Police Deny Pressuring Organisers To Cancel
The CDC Vaccine Price List provides private sector vaccine prices for general information.