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Nearly 900 migrants contracted mumps at holding centers last year



In this photo, provided by the Office of the Inspector General, family overcrowding was observed by the OIG at the Weslaco State Border Patrol Station on June 11, 2019 in Weslaco, Texas. Inspectorate General / Internal Security Division via Getty Images)

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Nearly 900 detainees detained in the United States have been using contraception at trained centers last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday. The US reported 899 confirmed and possible cases of mumps in adults on 57 farms. An additional 33 employees also contracted the preventable virus. This is the first time a mantle has been opened in arrests, the CDC reported.

Eighty-four percent of infected patients were exposed to mumps while in the United States, reports the CDC. Only 5% were exposed before being detained, the organization added.

"This mumps epidemic is really just a red flag that shows us that these facilities pose a risk of spreading a variety of infectious diseases," said University of Washington professor Jeffrey Duin.

In the last year, there has been an influx of people crossing the southern border into the United States seeking help from their countries. Between October and July, nearly 259,000 single adults and 433,000 "family units" were detained on the southwest border, leading to overcrowded facilities.

The mumble is a highly contagious virus in the air, though not often deadly. It is usually preventable with two doses of measles-mumps-rubella vaccine. According to the CDC guidelines, public health officials should recommend a third dose of the vaccine to groups of people who have close contact with someone who is infected or at increased risk.

U.S. Customs immigration and enforcement did not immediately respond to a request for comment on vaccination rates and screening processes. In its report, the CDC stated that vaccination efforts differ between facilities.

"It's much easier and more important and cheaper to prevent these diseases than to respond to them," says Duin, a board member of the American Infectious Diseases Society. "Prevention of these diseases is important not only to help protect the health of people who are being held, but also of staff and surrounding communities."

The outbreak comes when politicians and health care providers call on the administration to better prepare Trump for infectious disease outbreaks at border camps.


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