Cases at 39 Immigrant Centers across U.S. more than double from 2287 in March
WASHINGTON D.C. (Texas Insider Report) More than 5000 adult illegal immigrants have been quarantined by Immigration & Customs Enforcement after exposure to Mumps or Chicken Pox. Those in quarantine include 4200 who have been exposed to Mumps 800 who were exposed to Chicken Pox and 100 who have been exposed to both.
That compares to 2287 detainees who were quarantined for exposure to contagious conditions as of March 7th 2019.
CNN reported over the weekend that approximately 300 people in ICE custody tested positive for mumps between September of last year until June 13 2019.
Its a big jump from even just a few months ago and represents cases at 39 Immigrant Detention Centers across the country ICE told CNN.
There is a heightened interest in this situation because its the mumps which is a new occurrence in custody.
But preventing the spread of communicable disease in ICE custody is something we have demonstrated success doing" Nathalie Asher ICE Executive Associate Director for Enforcement & Removal Operations said.
From an operational perspective the impact is significant in the short and long term and will result in an increase in co-horted detainees length of stay in detention an inability to effect removal of eligible co-horted detainees and postponing scheduled consular interviews for quarantined detainees" Asher said.
Migrants quarantined for mumps dont necessarily have the viral infection but have been exposed to this and other communicable diseases
September was the first time that ICE recorded mumps cases. Previously the agency handled cases of measles the flu and chicken pox.
Mumps which is spread by coughing sneezing or talking among other things includes symptoms like fever headache muscle aches tiredness and loss of appetite followed by swelling of salivary glands.
The communicable diseases are best prevented by the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine.