Immigration and customs officials have quarantined more than 5,000 adult immigrants who are potentially exposed to infectious viral diseases in immigration detention centers.
The vast majority of immigrants, 4 276, were exposed to mumps, while 825 immigrants were exposed to chickenpox. Only 99 immigrants have been exposed to both diseases, which are easily prevented with vaccines.
"I think there is a growing interest in this situation because it is mumps that is a new phenomenon in custody but prevents the spread of contagious diseases in ICE detention is something we have demonstrated as a success," said Natalie Asher, ICE Executive Director for law enforcement and removal operations, CNN said.
"From an operational point of view, the impact is significant in the short and long term and will lead to an increase in the length of stay of the detainees in cohorts, the impossibility of removing detainees who have been granted protection and the postponement of the planned consular interviews for quarantine detainees, she explained.
ICE will quarantine every person for 25 days since the last incubation
ICE now owns more than 50,000 single adult immigrants who are detained. and many people have been quarantined due to exposure to viral illnesses, not every immigrant actually received a disease.The exact number of those with confirmed cases of mumps or varicella was not released.However, as reported by CNN, ICE confirmed only 297 the case of mumps by a blood test from September 201