mumps have passed through 57 immigration detention facilities in 19 states since September, according to the first US Government report on the outbreaks of the congested immigration system.
The virus has afflicted 898 adult migrants and 33 staff at detention centers, the centers
new cases continue after migrants are detained or transferred between facilities, the report said. As of last week, there were outbreaks in 15 establishments in seven states.
In response to the report, Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Brian Cox stated that medical specialists at the detention detained all new detainees within 24 hours of their arrival to ensure that
Cox said some detainees originate in countries where infectious diseases are less controlled than in the United States and carry the risk of spreading infection.
The CDC report said that more than 80 percent of patients were exposed while in custody. Mumps is an infectious virus that causes swollen glands, swollen cheeks, fever, headaches and in severe cases, hearing loss and meningitis.
In the United States, vaccines dramatically reduce the number of mumps. Only a few hundred cases have been reported in most years, with periodic outbreaks involving colleges or other places where people are in close contact.
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part of the cases were in Texas. The Texas Department of State Health Services raised concerns in December, followed by six other state health departments in early January, prompting what the CDC report calls a "coordinated national outbreak response."
ICE gave more than 25,000 doses measles. mumps vaccine in affected facilities.
The CDC does not identify the detention facilities, but 34 of them are operated by private companies. The report says migrants were detained in 315 establishments in mid-August.
Immigration lawyer in Nashville R. Andrew Fried monitors mumps facilities from reports of advocates and attorneys representing detainees.
"This has everything to do with a public health crisis," said Frie. "ICE has proved incapable of ensuring the health and safety of people inside these facilities."
The influx of migrants at the US-Mexico border earlier this year taxed the tax system. The CDC report deals only with mumps and not with other health issues in detention facilities.
At least two migrant children have died from flu complications after being detained by the US Border Patrol. follow directions from state and local health services when responding to mumps.