The Houston Health Department said in a press release that the cases involved seven adults who were detained during their infectious period - meaning there was no evidence that anyone outside the facility was infected.
"While this number of seven is small, for this community that's an uptick - that's one of the reasons why it has our attention", said Dr. David Persse, the EMS Physician Director with the City of Houston.
Seven cases of mumps have been identified in an ICE facility in Houston, according to the Houston Health Department.
Mumps is a highly contagious disease.
Only one person is now sick, CBS Houston affiliate KHOU-TV reports. Outbreaks are rare but have happened in Texas and the Houston region. The symptoms of mumps typically begin with fever, headache, muscle aches, loss of appetite, tiredness, and then followed by swollen salivary glands. Additionally, the Honduran MOH said that there were approximately 3,266,931 adults (34% of the total population) susceptible to mumps because they never received the MMR vaccine as children.
Also, certain behaviors that result in exchanging salivae, such as kissing or sharing utensils, cups, lip balm or cigarettes, might increase the spread of the virus. Most people recover within weeks.
Mumps saw a resurgence of cases previous year.
Outbreaks of infectious illness have been very much in the news of late.
The CDC says worldwide travelers who can not show that they were vaccinated or are otherwise protected against mumps, should get vaccinated before leaving the USA.
Two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine are 97 percent effective for life and one dose is 93 percent effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.