The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is responding to two cases of the mumps at the Kenosha County Detention Center.
The first case was reported on May 30, 2019 from ICE officials, as the detainee with the virus was being housed in a dorm at the detention center. The second detainee with the virus was reported prior to June 7, and was in an isolated housing area.
Both detainees with the virus have been placed in medical isolation to prevent the spread of the virus to others at the detention center. The sheriff’s department adds they are following transmission-based illness precautions including putting the dorm where the first case was found into isolation.
To help prevent the spread of the mumps, the sheriff’s office is working with the Kenosha County Division of Health to distribute the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine to detention center employees and all inmates and detainees who have been housed with or confirmed to have had direct contact with the two diagnosed with the virus.
Mumps is a virus that is spread with direct contact with saliva or respiratory droplets from a person’s mouth, nose or throat.