A men’s dormitory at the Kenosha County Detention Center is quarantined after a man being detained by immigration authorities was diagnosed with mumps.
According to the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department, the man — who is not being identified — was being housed in a dormitory that housed both Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees and local jail inmates.
The man temporarily was taken to another facility by ICE and began showing symptoms at that time.
On his return to KCDC, 4777 88th Ave., the man was placed in a medical isolation room. He tested positive for mumps and is receiving medical treatment.
The federal government pays the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department to house ICE detainees at KCDC.
Sgt. Christopher Hannah of the Sheriff’s Department said the department received notice of the detainee’s diagnosis last week.
He said the inmates in the dorm are being monitored by the Kenosha County Division of Health and will not be allowed to leave their unit for any reason during the monitoring period.
To date, he said, no other inmate has shown signs of the illness.
Jail staff is also being monitored, he said.
Hannah said the quarantine is a precautionary measure. He said KCDC is following the department’s policy for handling infectious disease. The policy is based on Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
Booster vaccines offered
Cindy Johnson, director of the Division of Health, said the division is working along with the Kenosha Visiting Nurse Association, which provides health services at the jail and KCDC, to work to prevent the spread of the illness, including offering booster vaccines to staff and to people housed in the dorm that had contact with the sick man.
“We are monitoring and providing support and information on prevention,” she said, along with watching for signs and symptoms of the illness in others.
There were about 60 to 70 people believed to have had contact with the sick man at KCDC.
Mumps is a viral disease spread through direct contact, and outbreaks are most likely among people who are in close contact, particularly those who share a common living space.
Symptoms include fever, body aches and facial swelling. In some people, swelling is so severe it is difficult to eat.
Although most people who get the disease recover completely, it sometimes causes serious complications, especially in adults.
Possible complications include meningitis, hearing loss, and, for men, swelling of testicles.
Most Americans are vaccinated for the disease, and since 1967 there has been a 99 percent decline in the number of cases annually in the United States, according to the CDC.
People who are vaccinated can still contract the disease, but will experience milder symptoms.
The men housed in the dorm will be in isolation for at least 25 days as they wait out the incubation period for those exposed, Hannah said.
He said court appearances — and any other reason for leaving the jail — will be rescheduled during the isolation period.
Hannah said he does not know if inmates are being vaccinated by the health department.
“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,” the department stated.