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Posted on: March 21, 2019

Mumps and Chickenpox Update from Tri-County Health Department

Mumps

At the Aurora Contract Detention Facility, owned and Operated by the GEO Group, Inc. for
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Marshalls Service.

NOTE: This case count information will be updated every Thursday at noon:

UPDATE: Thursday, March 21, 2019: 

Since mid-January 2019, the following total number of cases have been reported from the facility:

  • 15 cases of mumps, of which 14 are confirmed and 1 is currently under investigation
  • 8 cases of chickenpox

Background:

Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) are working closely with the GEO Group, Inc. and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Aurora Contract Detention Facility to manage an ongoing outbreak of mumps and chickenpox at the facility. Public health agencies are ensuring processes are in place for tracking and reporting cases and implementing disease control measures to safeguard the wellbeing of the staff and detainees, and to protect the community.

The facility has implemented isolation and quarantine procedures and vaccination protocols based on ICE Health Service Corps guidance, as well as local and state public health recommendations, in order to manage and prevent the spread of disease.

More Information on mumps and chickenpox:
https://www.cdc.gov/mumps/
https://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/index.html

ICE Media Contact:
Alethea Smock, Public Affairs Officer
alethea.smock@ice.dhs.gov

Tri-County Health Department Media Contact:
Gary Sky
gsky@tchd.org

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Previously released information:

Feb. 20, 2019

Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) staff met with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the GEO Group, Inc. staff at an ICE detention center in Aurora Feb. 25 to review public health recommendations to prevent the spread of mumps at the facility.

There is one confirmed case of mumps and seven probable cases at this time. The detention center has implemented isolation and quarantine procedures based on ICE Health Service Corps guidance as well as local and state recommendations to manage and prevent the spread of the disease. Since the best way to keep mumps from spreading is to be vaccinated, detention center staff are working with TCHD and CDPHE staff to educate and vaccinate detainees and staff.

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. The illness typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, and jaw pain followed by swollen salivary glands. Mumps is usually spread through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat of an infected person by coughing, sneezing or talking, sharing items such as cups or eating utensils.

“Disease control measures that have been implemented at the facility should be effective in stopping the spread of mumps,” said John M. Douglas, Jr., MD, Executive Director of Tri-County Health Department. “While it is possible that more cases of mumps will be discovered as it takes at least two weeks for the vaccination to become effective, we are confident these measures are the best approach to the current situation.”

TCHD and CDPHE were made aware of the mumps situation in early February, and have worked collaboratively with the detention center since then to ensure that communication, disease reporting, and disease control measures are being implemented to safeguard the wellbeing of the staff, detainees, and protect the community.

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