Five cases of inmates at the Bergen County Jail in New Jersey have been suspected of having been infected with mumps. As a result, the facility has been shut down and is not accepting any new entries at the correctional facility neither leaving out any. The cases are now running under tests for confirming signs of the infection after being diagnosed earlier.
During a press conference, James Tedesco, an executive at the facility said, “So far no staffers are showing any signs of infection.” He also added, “We have ordered the expedited delivery of 1,000 doses of MMR vaccines to administer to jail staff and inmates.” Anthony Curetan, Bergen County Sheriff said, visitors will still be allowed but without any access to the convicts and in a restrained environment. The infected inmates were brought under normal cases and not through Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as said by some officials to the WCBS 880.
The authorities are in talks of shifting the inmates temporarily with other jails and courts. The chief of staff at the Bergen County, Derek Sands in the press conference said, “While the cases have been clinically diagnosed, the tests have not yet been confirmed.”
The disease which is widely considered to be a contagious one spreads quickly through saliva or through respiratory droplets from the mouth, nose or throat. Mumps can still be prevented through proper vaccination. The very first symptoms of the disease include fever, body ache, fatigue and loss of appetite, etc. before swelling of the salivary glands as is said by the health department.
Vaccination with two doses of mumps and rubella (MMR) to children can help them be assured for the entire life according to the U.S. vaccination schedule.
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