At least 931 mumps cases have been recorded in the US immigration centres, which the officials say account a perfect factor in the advancement of the disease.
The mumps outbreak at the CBP (Customs and Border Protection) as well as the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities were presented in a report by the CDC. The details of the report indicated that both the staff and detainees are affected with the outbreak.
This is the most recent report indicating the poor conditions across immigration facilities. A previous June report discovered horrible conditions prevailing at the facilities, with several immigrants stuffed in the standing room areas with limited bath access.
The individuals need to stay within a distance of 3 to 6 feet from one another for mumps to spread, said Todd Ellerin from Massachusetts’ Southshore Health.
However, it still remains unclear as to how the condition should be treated. As per the CBP officials, they don’t believe that the immunisation could be appropriate for the detainees as the centres are basically designed for a short short-term stays. On the other hand, according to the CDC, immunisation is the most appropriate way to prevent mumps.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the ICE said that flu vaccines would be administered along with other vaccines upon request.