KENOSHA — A Kenosha County Detention Center inmate has been diagnosed with mumps, and authorities are working to prevent the spread of the disease.

On Thursday, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department was notified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office of a mumps-related incident, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.

An inmate who was transferred to a different facility and returned to a Kenosha County Detention Center dorm showed symptoms of an infectious viral disease known as the mumps.

The inmate was immediately transferred to a medical isolation room upon returning to the Detention Center, and was evaluated for the mumps by Kenosha County Division of Health personnel. The mumps diagnosis was confirmed and the inmate is receiving treatment for the disease.

Inmates housed with or who had contact with the infected person were isolated in their dorms as a precautionary measure, in compliance with Sheriff’s Department policy and procedure. These policies are in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for the prevention and control of mumps.

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According to the news release, “the Sheriff’s Department is working in conjunction with the Kenosha County Division of Health to facilitate the testing procedures to ensure the safety of all department personnel and people held in custody.”

How mumps are transmitted

Mumps is spread through direct contact with saliva or respiratory droplets from the mouth, nose or throat. Previously established departmental policies and procedures to the transmission-based illness precautions were immediately implemented and the identified dorm was placed into isolation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, from Jan. 1 to May 24, 42 states and Washington, D.C. reported mumps infections in 1,002 people to the CDC. It was a common childhood illness until a vaccine was developed in 1967, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders.

For more information regarding mumps, contact a local health care provider or the Kenosha County Division of Health at 262-605-6775.

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Alyssa Mauk covers breaking news and courts. She enjoys spending time with her family, video games, heavy metal music, watching YouTube videos, comic books and movies.

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