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CDC Reports 931 Cases Of Mumps In Migrant Detention Centers, Affecting Detainees And Staff Alike


A massive outbreak of mumps is plaguing migrant detention centers across the U.S., according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.

There have been 931 cases of mumps in 57 Customs and Border Protection detention facilities across 19 U.S. states from September 2018 to August 2019 , the report states. The disease has reportedly afflicted migrant detainees as well as facility staff.

“These detention centers are a perfect storm for mumps to spread. Individuals have to be within 3-6 feet of each other to spread this virus. Sneezing, coughing on someone, or sharing a drink can spread the virus.” Dr. Todd Ellerin, Director of Infectious Diseases and Vice Chair of Medicine at Southshore Health in Massachusetts, told ABC News.

Immunization is the most effective way to combat mumps, according to CDC, though CBP officials say they do not routinely offer the mumps vaccine to detainees, according to ABC.

“In general, due to the short-term nature of CBP holding and the complexities of operating vaccination programs, neither CBP nor its medical contractors administer vaccinations to those in our custody,” a CBP spokeswoman said.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement also says it does not routinely provide vaccination to detainees unless medically necessary.

“Flu and other common vaccinations are offered by request only and are not routinely mandated unless deemed medically necessary, in that doing so would prevent a wider outbreak,” an ICE spokesperson said in a statement, according to ABC.

Ellerin is a strong advocate for vaccination in detention centers.

“From a public health perspective, I feel strongly that the benefits of vaccinating detainees against the flu and mumps outweighs the risks,” he told ABC.

“It is important that the staff receive maximal vaccination to avoid spreading the virus to their families, children, and communities,” he added.

Mumps is a viral infection that can cause fever, body aches and swollen glands, according to ABC. It spreads through respiratory contact, and does so very efficiently in close contact spaces such as detention centers, according to the report.

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  1. No big surprise here ! In Sep 2017 the CDC (Center for Disease Control) issue a report stating that coinciding with he massive influx of immigrants (both legal & illegal) there were 22 CONTAGIOUS diseases that were either previously eradicated or new and unknown reeking havoc. Many remain unnamed from unknown origins that there was no treatment for ! They range from the mumps, measles, whooping cough and even TB !

    These “carriers” or infected are shopping where we shop, seeing our doctors and their children are sitting next to our (your) children in school ! ….Disease does not recognize ‘party’ lines.

    Think about this….OUR children MUST have vaccinations prior to attending school. “Shots” are required prior to visiting other countries to get a visa….WHY is it optional for those invading our country????

    Let’s remember that among the purposes of Ellis Island was disease “Control”.

    The Progressive Left and bleeding hearts moan and groan about ‘inhumane’ treatment of those in detention centers, while denying funding). Tell me how it’s not only as inhumane to painfully watch your child or loved one suffer and die from disease that your own country could have prevented ?

    I’m quite certain that you will find guidelines, rules, laws included in our Immigration Laws that ‘health’ of those wishing to step inside our door must be evaluated and treated FIRST with NO exceptions

    From the Caveman Clans on, there have been standards and compliance required to enter or stay.


    It is merely a matter of untying the hands of those trained to ENFORCE them.

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