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Bergen County Jail Locked Down Amid Possible Mumps Outbreak

June 11, 2019 - 7:39 pm

HACKENSACK, N.J. (WCBS 880) — The Bergen County Jail was placed on lockdown Tuesday following five reported cases of mumps among inmates.

“The isolation of the jail means no additional inmates will be accepted at this time and no one out until we are comfortable that there is no risks,” said Bergen County Executive James Tedesco.

The five cases were clinically diagnosed but the tests have not been confirmed, according to a spokesman from the County Sheriff's Office.

“We are fortunate to have a first-class medical facility within the jail which will allow us to surveil jail staff and inmates,” Tedesco noted.

The five patients are being treated well and officials noted that though the jail is on lockdown, inmates are still free to move around inside.

“Visitors, attorneys – we’re still going to allow that visitation, however, it’s going to be in a controlled environment where there'll be no access to the inmates,” said Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton.

Jail officials say the outbreak is among the general inmate population, not among the ICE detainees.

Mumps spreads through direct contact with saliva or respiratory droplets from the mouth, nose or throat.