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Mumps spreads in migrant detention centers

by Harvest Prude
Posted 8/30/19, 11:53 am

Immigrant detention facilities have struggled with an outbreak of mumps affecting nearly 900 detainees in the past year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday the highly contagious but usually nonfatal virus was present at 57 detention centers in 19 states. Eighty percent of those infected contracted the disease while in U.S. custody.

How is the U.S. government handling the outbreak? Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox said medical professionals screen all new detainees within a day of their arrival to prevent the spread of illness. Some of the detainees hail from countries where communicable diseases are more prevalent than in the United States. ICE has dispensed more than 25,000 doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.

Dig deeper: Read a June 2019 report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general about problematic conditions at some border facilities.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • Bob R
    Posted: Fri, 08/30/2019 07:45 pm

    What about those illegal immigrants who are never apprehended by Border Patrol agents, now living among us?  Parents who foolishly refuse to vaccinate thier children might just want to rethink that decision!

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    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Mon, 09/02/2019 01:02 pm

    Re: Bob R, With Medicare clinics for children open to indigent people generally, I believe most immigrants welcome the opportunity to have their children vaccinated. That's part of the reason why they're here--they want better lives for their kids. The mumps virus is already in America. It's not like the immigrants may be bringing something new. The current regime's plan to punish immigrants who use social services, even though children may be exempt, is an unwise decision. All immigrants, whether here legally or not, should be encouraged, not discouraged, when it comes to vaccinating their children. That's what's best for all of us.

  • momof 13
    Posted: Mon, 09/02/2019 03:48 pm

    Our decision to "foolishly refuse to vaccinate" our children is done from a humble acceptance that God gives life and God takes life. We believe that WI-38's mother murdered her and Dr. Leonard Hayflick used her tiny lungs to create a human diploid cell line that is used today to create some of the very vaccines you speak so highly of. We believe that partaking in benfitting from her murder makes us complicit in the very act itself. We do not mock your decisions; please refrain from mocking ours- as it is done from a deep conviction to submit to God rather than a foolish refusal of man's technology.

  • momof 13
    Posted: Mon, 09/02/2019 03:50 pm

    To produce viral vaccines, candidate vaccine viruses (CVVs) are grown in mammalian tissue culture of cells with a finite lifespan. These cells are typically Madin-Darby Canine Kidney(MDCK) cells, but others are also used including: Vero, Human diploid cell lines WI-38 and MRC 5, PerC6 and PMK cells.

    Cell-based vaccine - Wikipedia