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Mumps outbreak reported at Houston ICE detention facility

Mumps outbreak reported at Houston ICE detention facility

Get your vaccinations!

The Houston Health Department confirmed seven mumps cases at the city’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility.

Officials said that all seven people were adults who were detained during the time they became sick.

“Since these individuals were isolated inside the facility during the period they were infectious, we do not anticipate these cases posing a threat to the community,” said Dr. David Persse, Houston’s local health authority and EMS medical director.”

The health department says they are working with the facility on infection control methods and will conduct an on-site visit soon.

The outbreak occurs shortly after the area was hit with a measles outbreak.

The mumps outbreak coincides with a recent measles outbreak in Texas and the Bayou City, which caused alarm earlier in the week. Of the six cases of measles reported this week, five of them were in the Houston area.

…Infection is transmissible a week before symptoms appear. Once symptoms are gone, patients are contagious for another month.

Cases of the mumps have risen over the last few years in both Texas and the United States.

People infected with the virus that causes mumps will typically have symptoms such as headaches, muscle aches, loss of appetite, fatigue. Eventually, the infected individuals will have the distinctive swollen salivary glands. Infection can typically be prevented with two doses of a mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccination, which has a 97 percent effective rate.

The spike has been dramatic enough the public health experts are scrambling to determine the cause, with an eye to recommending a third vaccination.

…[In] 2016, the United States saw 6,366 cases of mumps and more than 5,500 cases in 2017, marking the biggest outbreaks of the virus in a decade. The outbreaks have notably impacted universities, grade schools, and even professional sports teams, despite high rates of coverage for the recommended 2 doses of the MMR vaccine. In a recent recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices published in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the committee called for a third dose of the MMR vaccine for individuals who have been previously vaccinated with 2 doses and are at risk of acquiring mumps due to an outbreak.

However, a more likely explanation is that the unvaccinated and infected population of illegal immigrants is meeting an unvaccinated community of Americans, who had been enjoying the benefits of herd immunity…until the herd changed.

Public health officials say these outbreaks underscore the importance of vaccination — and the real-world risks posed by the anti-vaccine movement. Almost all of those who got sick had not been vaccinated.

“These outbreaks are due to the anti-vaccine movement,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, told CBSN AM.

He stressed that the vaccine has been scientifically proven over many years to be safe and effective in preventing measles. However, some parents still refuse to vaccinate their kids.

The continuing stories of outbreaks and epidemics of diseases once under control in this country is inspiring a fascinating form of teen rebellion: Vaccinations.

A number of adult teenagers are deciding to share their choice to get vaccinated after their parents initially chose not to get them vaccinations as children.

After 18-year-old Ethan Lindenberger’s decision to receive his first-ever vaccinations despite his parents’ wishes went viral, more reports are surfacing of other teens doing the same.

18-year olds in the Houston area may be well advised to look into the MMR vaccine.


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JusticeDelivered | February 13, 2019 at 9:19 am

Illegals are a threat to public health, and a very expensive drain on public resources. Toss them back over the border. Twenty to thirty million is an illegal invasion.

legacyrepublican | February 13, 2019 at 9:21 am

This is obviously fake news. Right?

I mean, we are told that these people are pure as the driven snow. How can they even be diseased in the bargain? The MSM never lies. They just want to pursue their dreams. ( at our expense )

Nope, has to be fake news.

In the meantime, I am going to call my doctor and see if I am up to date on my Mumps vaccine.

“the committee called for a third dose of the MMR vaccine for individuals who have been previously vaccinated with 2 doses and are at risk of acquiring mumps due to an outbreak.” it’s all about the Benjamins for the vaccine trade. Gotta beat up on the law abiding who refuse to comply with forced vaccinations instead of focusing on real health problems like this:

“These outbreaks are due to the anti-vaccine movement,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, told CBSN AM.

Ah, I see. It is the anti-Vaxxers’ fault, not the fault of the illegal aliens bringing disease with them.

Got it.

    Sanddog in reply to herm2416. | February 13, 2019 at 11:55 am

    The point of immunization is that the virus hasn’t disappeared from the earth and if you aren’t immunized, you can contract it and spread it to others.

      so have you had every flu shot yet? If not why not? Flu is more lethal than mumps. We should pass a law making sure that you are forced to get any and every flu shot that can be created.

      Mac45 in reply to Sanddog. | February 13, 2019 at 1:08 pm

      Why does everyone miss the basic premise of vaccination.

      Vaccination is supposed to produce antibodies, in a vaccinated individual, which keeps that individual from contracting a specific disease. So, a person who is vaccinated against the mumps should not contract the disease no matter how overwhelming the exposure. He has been rendered immune through the vaccination. Therefor, the only people who are at risk for contracting the disease are those who are not vaccinated.

      Interestingly, the MMR vaccine is about 88% effective in preventing mumps, if two vaccinations are administered. And, about 78% if only one is administered. The really interesting part of all this is the effectiveness range which is 31%-95%, for multiple doses, and 49%-92% for a single dose. This means that, as the disease has not been eradicated [it still exists in nature] that as high as 20% of the VACCINATED population, in any given area, can still contract the disease. So, exactly how far is this disease going to spread?

      Public health officials have all bought into the “herd immunity” theory. This theory proposes that if a large enough segment of a group becomes immune to a specific disease, that disease will die out [cease to exist] and will no longer be a threat to members of the group. However, as we can now see, this theory does not seem to be viable. While vaccination may, and often does, prove valuable for individuals, the failure rate on vaccines is high enough to essentially eliminate any real large scale group immunity benefit. Isolated cases routinely crop up populations. It just rarely gets reported.

        nacnud62 in reply to Mac45. | February 13, 2019 at 10:56 pm

        There is a qui tam suit in progress against Merck for allegedly falsifying data regarding the effectiveness of the mumps component of the MMR II Vaccine.

        US ex rel Krahling vs Merck

I can’t believe that highly professional journalist, Jim Acosta, didn’t spot this problem a month ago when he visited the tranquil border.

How did he miss it?

Yeah… Illegal Aliens are NOTORIOUS Anti-vaxers.

Another reason to build the wall: quarantine of alien antigens that are a plague on men, women, and children, but especially on the elderly and babies.

Add to that the drug resistant versions of TB…

Well, on a plus note, at least they are isolated from their children so they can’t spread it to them.