By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department report a mumps outbreak at the Men’s Central Jail. To date, 18 inmates have tested positive for mumps and 390 inmates were quarantined and are being monitored to see if they display symptoms, and 350 of those inmates received the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination.

Jail cell/ National Park service

As a result, inmate visiting will be impacted at the jail through Sunday, November 3, 2019.

The observation and monitoring of symptoms began Tuesday, October 22, 2019, when at least one inmate, unknowingly infected with the mumps virus, was housed at Men’s Central Jail.  While housed, they exhibited signs of illness, displayed symptoms similar to influenza and had swollen glands around the neck. Correctional Health Services staff diagnosed these symptoms as the mumps.

The virus appears to have originated on the 9000 floor of the facility, and the source of it is still under investigation.  The 4500, 4600 and 9000 housing areas are under order of quarantine for observation, and the confirmed, active cases are housed in the medical ward, located on the 7000 floor.

No other Los Angeles County jail facilities were affected.

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